Concussion keeps Boyd on sideline

TERRY KOSHAN, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:02 PM ET

MONCTON - 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 Canadian Football League with 903 yards rushing. He suffered a concussion against the B.C. Lions on Sept. 11 and did not play in a win versus Winnipeg this past weekend.

Boyd had a concussion during training camp, but was suspected to be another one in Week 2 might not have been, Barker said Thursday. In any event, Boyd, who is dealing with the sudden death this week of Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley, a close friend, will not be rushed back.

“Any time you start getting concussions, it is not a good thing,” Barker said. “He is probably more susceptible to one shot and you never know.”

Barker again plans to use rushing by committee, meaning that Jeff Johnson, Bryan Crawford and import Anthony Alridge all will get touches out of the backfield. And don’t be surprised if Alridge gets more touches in his second CFL game after carrying the football seven times for 31 yards against the Bombers.

“He has a lot more of a feeling of what we are doing now,” Barker said. “He is a little guy who is elusive and quick.”

— Koshan


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