Barker tired of questions about Jyles' injury

Steven Jyles takes a break during Toronto Argos training camp at U of T Mississauga in Toronto June...

Steven Jyles takes a break during Toronto Argos training camp at U of T Mississauga in Toronto June 1st, 2011. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

There's a recurring theme at the end of the daily on field work at Argos training camp.

Argos GM and head coach Jim Barker waits while the various media members conduct their interviews with the players and then takes his own turn in front of the assembled media types.

Barker tries not to show it but there is one line of questioning that bothers him like no other.

Right now that those questions revolve around quarterback Steven Jyles and Barker's expectation for when Jyles begin throwing during game action like Cleo Lemon, Dalton Bell, Danny Branagan and B.J. Hall.

Lately Barker has taken the unique approach of having one of the other media types answer the question for him.

In truth, regardless who is appointed, the answer rarely varies.

Jyles threw on the side. He's making progress. We won't rush him because we don't want him to have another setback with his shoulder. He'll join the others when he's ready.

On Saturday Jyles, who spends the bulk of his throwing time making tosses to assistant GM and director of player personnel Mike Hagen, extended his range. But when he'll join the others is any-one's guess.

Eventually Barker will make the call and Jyles will start snapping throws under pressure. Until then the question will keep coming ... and Barker will designate someone else to answer it until he feels Jyles can throw without fear of re-injuring the shoulder.

mike.ganter@sunmedia.ca @Mike_Ganter


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