TORONTO - Cory Boyd has no intention of missing what has become the Argonauts’ biggest game of the season.
And Argos head coach Jim Barker has no intention of resting Boyd, even though a playoff spot is all but guaranteed.
Boyd, the bright light in an otherwise dismal Argos offence, has been nursing a tender left ankle since he rolled over on it during a loss against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last Friday.
Boyd did not participate much in practice on Wednesday, as his usual reps were taken by Jeff Johnson and Dwayne Wright, but was adamant he will play in Winnipeg versus the Blue Bombers on Saturday afternoon.
“I know I will be ready for Saturday,” Boyd said.
“It’s coming along. It’s still a little sore. But that is being worked out with rehab, countless hours of it. It’s not like a head injury. I can take some Advil or something if it is bothering me.”
Barker’s group is on the cusp of clinching a playoff berth, despite winning just two times in its past eight games. A Toronto win or an Edmonton Eskimos loss or a B.C. Lions loss this weekend, and the Argos are in the post-season for the first time since 2007.
The Lions visit the Calgary Stampeders on Friday night, while the Eskimos play host to the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday evening.
Boyd also has suffered three concussions this season yet leads the Canadian Football League with 1,205 rushing yards.
Barker won’t entertain the thought of putting Boyd on the shelf so he can be fully healthy once the playoffs start.
“We don’t look at things that way,” Barker said. “We have to get our football team ready, and if he can play, he will play.”
Boyd’s ankle, which has been taped heavily the past couple of days, is neither sprained nor strained.
“It’s stiffness right now,” Boyd said. “No ligament damage, no breaks, no chips, just a lot of soreness.”
The prognosis is not as good for defensive end Kevin Huntley, who indicated he will not play in Winnipeg because of a shoulder injury.
Huntley is the Argos’ sack leader with nine, but two weeks ago missed a game with the shoulder problem. Barker said a final decision on Huntley will be made on Thursday.
And the Argos added defensive tackle Matthias Askew to the practice roster, but the former NFLer is 15 pounds overweight and likely won’t see any action until training camp next June.