Argos beat up, banged up

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

HAMILTON -- The Argonauts' offensive line could look much different on Saturday in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions.

Left guard Cedric Gagne-Marcoux and right tackle Chris Van Zeyl both were hurt against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Monday. Gagne-Marcoux indicated he might have come back too early from a calf injury, while Van Zeyl suffered a tailbone injury and could be out for an extended period.

Jeff Keeping and Jonathan St-Pierre replaced the pair respectively, and St-Pierre especially struggled badly.

Van Zeyl was hurt on a strange play, when he was tackled by former Argo Jason Shivers after catching a pass.

"We put a play in where we threw the ball to him," head coach Jim Barker said. "He was doing something he is not used to, and we just told him to go down."

With such a short turnaround this week, Barker will have some fast decisions to make. Will rookie Joe Eppele get some playing time? Does Shannon Boatman get another shot?

One non-answer would be Argos draft pick Joel Reinders, who did not land a practice roster spot with the Cleveland Browns. There are varying views on Reinders, who is said to be nursing an injury and that he might be thinking about going back to school.

Whatever the case, the offensive line, a strong point so far, has sprung a few holes that need to be filled.

"Guys are paid to be backups, and if the opportunity arises, they have to come in and step up," right guard Taylor Robertson said. "There are no excuses, we have to keep on rolling like they are starters and prepare like they are starters. That is part of being a professional."


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