Sitting might cost Argo rushing title

Toronto Argonauts' Cory Boyd gets his hand in the face of Montreal Alouettes' Chip Cox. (Dave...

Toronto Argonauts' Cory Boyd gets his hand in the face of Montreal Alouettes' Chip Cox. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:24 AM ET

TORONTO - Has Cory Boyd played his last down for the Argonauts in the regular season?

Head coach Jim Barker hinted at as much on Wednesday after practice.

Boyd, the Argos' nominee for the Canadian Football League's most outstanding player award, has fought through three concussions and more recently an ankle injury.

"This is not about winning rushing titles, this is about us going to the Grey Cup and having Cory Boyd at 100% is a lot better for us going into Nov. 14 than having him be the rushing champion and nicked," Barker said. "We're going to see where he is at health-wise, and we are not going to do anything silly, that's for sure."

The Argos play their final regular season game on Sunday in Montreal against the Alouettes. Boyd leads the CFL with 1,359 rushing yards, 11 more than the 1,348 racked up by Fred Reid of the Bombers.

The Argos will be at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton on Nov. 14 to play in the East semi-final versus the Tiger-Cats.

Barker said that two of his best Canadians -- special teams captain Bryan Crawford and Jeff Johnson -- will not play in Montreal. Crawford, the CFL leader with 26 special teams tackles, has an abductor problem and Johnson has an issue with a hamstring.

"They are two valuable guys, and they are both guys we are not going to take a chance with," Barker said. "If they are nicked, they are not going to go."

In anticipation of the holes created by the absence of Crawford and Johnson, the Argos signed fullback Peter Quinney, who had been with the team earlier this season, to a practice-roster agreement.

Defensive tackle Kevin Huntley (shoulder) will not play against the Alouettes.

Montreal head coach Marc Trestman has said that he will rest star quarterback Anthony Calvillo, replacing him with backup Adrian McPherson.


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