Arland Bruce has been known to say an outlandish thing or three during his CFL career.
But, apparently, it's not the style of the prolific and verbose Hamilton Tiger-Cats slotback to open his mouth between the lines.
"Arland does not talk a lot of trash," Argonauts cornerback Byron Parker said after practice on Thursday.
"Believe it or not, he is one of the guys who just lets the game speak for itself. But definitely, he will say something after the game. During the game, he is not a very vocal guy to the defence. He just catches the ball, gets up and does what he does."
The Argos managed to keep Bruce from doing what he does best when the teams met on Aug. 20 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Ticats won 16-12, but Bruce, the league's top receiver with 812 yards, was held to 68 yards on eight catches. At 8.5 yards a catch, it was the first time in eight games this season that Bruce did not average more than 10 yards each time he caught the football.
Since his two monster weeks - Bruce had 272 yards against Saskatchewan on July 31 and 197 against Winnipeg on Aug. 7 -- the ex-Argo has totalled 132 yards in two games.
For the Argos defence, not letting Bruce get in their heads is paramount.
"Don't be intimidated by the things he does, but just know that at any given time, he has the ability to make the play, being the great player that he is," Parker said. "We just want to tackle him. We don't want him setting any records on us."