Shell incident burned Argos

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:57 PM ET

As the Argos continue to enjoy their bye week, the club caught a break when it was learned on Tuesday the CFL will not take further action in the wake of Lin-J Shell's spit-gate.

It's part of the norm for the league to review all plays and incidents during games, moreso when a player gets tossed from a game for spitting on an opponent.

Shell was ejected from last Friday's 16-12 loss to Hamilton when he spat on Ticats linebacker Agustin Barrenechea in the fourth quarter following a successful convert by the visitors.

While Shell vehemently denied any wrong doing post-game, the truth remains that at least two on-field officials saw Shell spit, even though no TV camera caught the act.

According to the CFL's rule book, a player is immediately ejected from the game and the team assessed a 25-yard penalty, which is precisely how the officiating crew, led by referee Andre Proulx, handled matters.

Lost in Toronto's first home loss of the season was the field position Hamilton was able to enjoy following Shell's indiscretion.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Argos were pinned in deep, starting from their own 18-yard line.

They managed to move the ball to their 30, but on second down Cleo Lemon was sacked for a seven-yard loss.

When the got the ball back on their final series, the Argos began from their own 18 yard line.

Shell's lack of judgment was one of many that plagued the Argos all night.

His incident involving Barrenechea likely would never have happened had Ryan Christian not fumbled a kickoff, a turnover that led to Hamilton's game-winning touchdown.

What this all does is add more to the looming Labour Day matchup between the same two clubs at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

After starting the season 1-4, the Ticats have won three straight and can move into a tie with the 5-3 Argos if they defend home field.

A win by Hamilton will also give the Ticats the tiebreaker over the Argos in the event the finish with identical records. Their three-game season series wraps up Oct. 15 at Rogers Centre.

Durie catching on

There's no better feel-good story in the CFL than Andre Durie's evolution and refusal to quit.

His perseverance can't be properly stated in this space, but the York U product is emerging into one of the better Canadians in the league.

For the first time in his career, Durie has been acknowledged by the league as part of its weekly honour roll.

Following his team-high seven receptions for a team-high 69 yards, Durie has been named Canadian player of the week.

A running back who's been converted to the slot, Durie is very explosive after the catch.

The league, for the first time, is keeping tabs on yards after the catch (YAC).

After eight weeks, Durie ranks fifth with 255 yards following a reception.

Durie was named CFL special teams player of the week during Week 9 in 2009.


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