Jyles already scrambling

Steven Jyles. (MARK O'NEIL/QMI AGENCY)

Steven Jyles. (MARK O'NEIL/QMI AGENCY)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:05 AM ET

Steven Jyles is going to have some catching up to do when he starts to throw.

The argonauts quarterback could have taken reps on Thursday, head coach Jim Barker said, but the decision was made by the boss to keep Jyles out.

Recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, Jyles was fine until about a week ago, when he experienced tenderness in his right shoulder.

"Let him come out here Sunday (when the veterans are on the field) and compete," Barker said.

"(Rookie camp) would be helpful for him. it's going to be an uphill battle (for Jyles to get on the same level as the other quarterbacks). a lot of it will depend on how his shoulder is going to respond."

At the time the argos acquired Jyles from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in March, there was no concern on the Boatmen's part regarding Jyles' shoulder.

Meanwhile, Barker thought there was going to be some strong competition for running back Cory Boyd after deCori Birmingham's strong showing at the free-agent camp in Florida in June.

But Birmingham, who left camp last year, has decided to stay on the retirement list because of family obligations and financial concerns.


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