Boyd likely out for Argos

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:32 PM ET

MONCTON, N.B. -- It's all but certain the Argonauts won't have their best player in the lineup for Touchdown Atlantic on Sunday.

Running back Cory Boyd continues to recover from a concussion and did nothing more at practice on Thursday at Rocky Stone Field than run some sprints.

"At this point, he is probably not going to play," Argos head coach Jim Barker said. "He will do some testing, and he is running, but we are moving like he is not going to play."

Boyd is second in the CFL with 903 yards rushing. The concussion, which Barker now says is Boyd's second (as what was thought to be another concussion in Week 2 might not have been) of the season, kept Boyd out of the Argos' previous game, a victory this past weekend against Winnipeg.

Boyd also has been in a mental struggle since Monday, when Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley, a close friend of his, committed suicide.

Barker plans to use rushing by committee again, meaning that Jeff Johnson, Bryan Crawford and Anthony Alridge all will get touches out of the backfield.

BELLI ON TAP?

Defensive tackle Adriano Belli acknowledged he has had a difficult time staying happy as he has recovered from a foot injury. Belli has not played since July 29, when the Argos lost in Montreal, missing the past six games.

But Belli practised to an extent on Thursday and could play against the Edmonton Eskimos on Sunday.

"It is tough trying to stay positive," Belli said. "I mean, they pay me to kill quarterbacks. They pay me to be a tough guy, and to have a foot injury drives me crazy. The team is doing well and that is the most important thing."

ARGO NOTES

Not only will receiver Reggie McNeal make his 2010 debut against the Esks, but it appears offensive linemen Rob Murphy (heel) and Cedric Gagne-Marcoux (calf) will return this weekend. Both Murphy and Gagne-Marcoux practised on Thursday. Linebacker Jordan Younger (hamstring) also looks ready to play ... Argos defensive backs Willie Pile and Matt Black addressed students at two schools on Thursday afternoon, while quarterback Cleo Lemon was going to visit the local food bank.


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