Flemons bumbles into weekly honours

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:45 PM ET

Ronald Flemons' week got a little better on Tuesday afternoon.

Days after making one of the biggest gaffes in the recent history of the Canadian Football League, the Argonauts defensive end was named CFL defensive player of the week. Only in the CFL? Um, yeah.

Unfortunately, the award will long be forgotten, but Flemons' bumble was one of those worst-of-the-year types that likely will help ring in the new year on sports highlight reels next winter.

During a 37-16 loss to the B.C. Lions on Saturday in Vancouver, Flemons recovered a Casey Printers fumble and rumbled 39 yards toward the Lions end zone. With no Lions within grasping distance, Flemons, at the one-yard line, tried to shift the football to one hand from the other. Instead, he fumbled, and the Lions recovered in the end zone, taking away what appeared to be a sure touchdown.

Flemons said after the game he didn't care about contributing three sacks to the Argos' season-high of eight, and most in a game since 1995, but the TSN/RDS panel that chooses the players of the week thought otherwise. Flemons wound up with the last laugh, as judges Duane Forde, Matt Dunigan and Pierre Vercheval all looked past the fumble follies.

"Respectfully, I would trade in my player of the week and my sacks for a victory," Flemons, the first Argo to get the defensive award in two years, said. "I am humbled by and grateful for this honour, but this team is not about personal accolades."

Flemons also tied a career-high with seven defensive tackles and knocked down a Printers pass.

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris was named the offensive player of the week after passing for 404 yards in a win against Edmonton. Lions kick returner Andrew Harris was named the top special teams player after accumulating 162 total return yards versus the Argos, and his teammate, running back and Brampton native Jerome Messam was named Canadian player of the week after scoring his first two CFL touchdowns against Toronto.

Flemons and his teammates will return to practice on Wednesday after three days away from the field in preparation for a home game Sunday against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The status of star running back Cory Boyd, who suffered a minor concussion against the Lions, should be clearer in the next few days, while offensive lineman Rob Murphy (heel) could be ready to return after missing one game. Also close to coming back from injury are slotback Jeremaine Copeland, receiver Reggie McNeal, and, possibly, defensive lineman Adriano Belli (foot).

The Argos have reclaimed their turf at the Rogers Centre with a 3-1 record through four home dates, and the Bombers are a league-worst 0-5 on the road. But the Bombers resurrected themselves with a surprising crushing of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday, and the Argos have lost three in a row.

Games between the Argos (5-5) and Bombers (3-7) have been, to put it bluntly, boring the past couple of years, but there's plenty riding in the East Division standings on this one.

"Winnipeg will be a good challenge," Argos centre Dominic Picard said.


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