Bacheyie has neck surgery

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

Argonauts linebacker Tang Bacheyie was resting Thursday night in hospital after surgery earlier in the day to repair a small fracture in his neck.

Bacheyie suffered the injury against the B.C. Lions last Saturday while making a tackle on special teams.

"It was a scary injury, and we had no idea it was his neck," said Argos head coach Jim Barker, who planned to visit Bacheyie on Thursday night along with some Argos players.

"We thought he had a concussion. They have not said his career is over. We will wait and see."

Bacheyie, a Windsor native, was a backup but usually came on as a fourth linebacker when the Argos went to a three-man front on defence. Bacheyie had concussion symptoms after the game, but an X-ray later revealed the damage to his neck.

It's not just Bacheyie who is done for the season. Rookie Ryan Christian, who was improving as a returner, suffered a broken hand against the Lions and is on the nine-game injured list.

Offensive lineman Rob Murphy, meanwhile, will miss a second consecutive game with a heel injury, one that is more serious than the team thought initially, and defensive lineman Adriano Belli will be out for the sixth game in a row because of a foot injury.

To help clear roster spots for their recent additions, the Argos on Thursday released receiver Chad Lucas, fullback Peter Quinney and defensive back Sammy Joseph.


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