Hurt foot keeps Argos' Belli out

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:08 PM ET

A minor strained ligament in Adriano Belli’s foot has turned into a real pain in the butt for the Argos.

For the second straight week, the team’s starting defensive tackle is likely to be unavailable.

The words head coach Jim Barker summons when asked to describe Belli’s injury don’t exactly inspire much optimism about a quick return, which leads one to wonder just how severe Belli’s injury actually is.

“It’s going to take time,’’ Barker said. “It’s in a weird spot in the foot.”

Only a medical miracle will allow Belli to play in Saturday’s home game against the Montreal Alouettes, who dismantled the Argos 41-10 two weeks ago.

Eric Taylor, who played with a heavy heart in Edmonton, isn’t expected back until Wednesday following the death of his father.

But, to his credit, Barker doesn’t resort to any cheap excuses.

One player’s misfortune opens the door for someone, an opportunity that is best handled through preparation.

Murphy’s law

Starting left tackle Rob Murphy was unavailable to practise on Monday when a cut on his head led to swelling, a condition that prevented Murphy from wearing his helmet.

“He isn’t suffering from a swelled head,’’ deadpanned Barker. “He really has a swollen head. His helmet wouldn’t fit.”

Festival of football

The Argos are ushering in Football Week in Toronto on Saturday, when they play host to the Als.

The first 5,000 fans will receive rally towels.

Ex-Bills kicker Steve Christie, whose brief run as an Argo wasn’t particularly memorable, will handle the ceremonial kickoff duties on Saturday.

—Zicarelli


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