Argo back with a heavy heart

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:42 PM ET

Eric Taylor returned to practice on Wednesday, sweating it out with his teammates, a day after his father’s funeral in Tennessee.

“I’m glad to be back,” the Argonauts defensive lineman said.

“It will be a hard process, but I got a lot of support from my teammates, a lot of calls, a lot of texts, a lot of prayers.”

Taylor made his debut for the Argos last Friday night in Edmonton against the Eskimos, a game the Argos won on their last drive. That morning, Willis Taylor, 69, died in Tennessee after spending the past decade on dialysis.

Last Wednesday, the elder Taylor was thrilled to learn that his son would be making his first start for Toronto.

Eric Taylor will make his second consecutive start when the Argos play host to the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday night. Taylor is taking the position of Adriano Belli, who is out for at least another week with a foot injury.

That Taylor played was respected by the organization, but had he decided not to dress, head coach Jim Barker would have understood.

“I don’t know what I would do,” Barker said. “How would you handle that? I don’t want any player on our team to think he would have to play in that situation.”


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