Boyd shaking off effects of hit

TERRY KOSHAN, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:31 PM ET

VANCOUVER — That Cory Boyd snared a towel thrown his way by a teammate in the locker room on Saturday was, perhaps, a good sign.

The Argos’ best player suffered what head coach Jim Barker called “a minor concussion” during the third quarter of a 37-16 loss to the B.C. Lions at Empire Field, but after the game Boyd appeared to be in the right frame of mind.

“I’m good right now,” Boyd said following the Lions’ first home win in 2010 after four losses. “Just a little pride hurt, because I know I we can display something better than what we are displaying right now.”

Boyd confirmed that he briefly lost consciousness when he was hit helmet-to-helmet by the Lions’ Solomon Elimimian after a 27-yard run. Boyd was prone on the field for a few moments but eventually walked off under his own steam.

Boyd didn’t return to the game and the club will monitor him closely in the next few days. A concussion knocked Boyd out of action during training camp, and even if he didn’t have the history, the Argos won’t take any chances.

At any rate, it goes without saying that this team can’t afford to lose Boyd for any length of time. But Boyd wasn’t feeling dizzy and didn’t have a headache.

“I’m still piecing the play together,” Boyd said. “I remember bits of it. They said I probably hit my helmet on the ground.

“Hopefully, it is not anything serious. I’ll get some treatment and see where it goes from there.”

Boyd finished with 57 yards on 11 carries, the fourth consecutive game he has not reached 100 yards on the ground after doing so in four of the first six games. Truth be told, that was bothering Boyd more than his injury.

“I’m looking forward to pushing myself more than anything to get back and be the leader I need to be for my team,” Boyd said, “because lately I don’t feel like I have been the leader on this team.

“Just one of those days, man. These losses are getting tougher to swallow.”


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