Kevin Huntley is not a happy man these days. He’s not banging heads.
“He’s the best interior player in the league. To be an interior player and have nine sacks is unheard of,” says head coach Jim Barker of the Argos’ sack leader.
Huntley is also frustrated. He has spent the past few weeks on the sideline with a shoulder injury.
“He hates not playing, absolutely despises it. He understands what this is about. What’s important is that we can put the best possible club on the field Nov. 14 (for the playoff game in Hamilton),” said Barker as Huntley prepares to watch the season finale this weekend.
As well as the sacks, Huntley has four tackles for losses, a couple of passes knocked down and 41 tackles (second among Toronto linemen to Ron Flemons).
“For teams to single block him with any guard is tough so it usually takes two. He’s very good against the run and when he’s 100% healthy there’s nobody better than him in the league.”
Barker said he’ll use his starting lineup this weekend. Even thought the game is meaningless in the standings it does have significance, foremost of which is Cory Boyd’s chance to win the rushing title.
“If they’re hurting we limit them. If they’re healthy they’ll go,” said Barker. That probably makes Willie Middlebrooks a no-go. The cornerback was scheduled for an MRI and examined Tuesday for nerve damage after injuring his neck in the loss to Montreal.