Argo QB Jyles suffers setback

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)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:10 PM ET

One of the decisions the Argos will soon make concerns Steven Jyles, the athletic quarterback who has been grounded with a shoulder injury.

There's time to properly evaluate all the ramifications of placing Jyles on the nine-game injured list to begin the season, but for the first time during training camp head coach/GM Jim Barker raised the spectre of basically rendering Jyles inactive until his throwing arm is completely healthy.

On the final day of camp, Barker conceded the obvious when he stated Jyles would require additional time to get into playing shape once he's able to throw the football without any discomfort.

When the Argos acquired Jyles from Winnipeg this past off-season, they were fully aware of Jyles' shoulder and the procedure the six-year CFL veteran had to undergo.

For now, all Jyles can do is take mental reps, though Barker admits Jyles has a solid understanding of the offence, which has been re-made from last season into a more quarterback-friendly scheme.

"He's got a soreness that came up,'' Barker began. "With the surgery he had to go through, when you start throwing, it's like: 'Man, it feels great.'

"And all of a sudden, you have that setback and now you feel that soreness and he doesn't want to go back to where he was. And that's the mental part he has to overcome.

"Should we decide to put him on the nine-game list, it removes that mental stress. It'll take the pressure off him because he won't feel like rushing back."

Jyles is understandably anxious to begin his run as an Argo, but nothing can begin until he's healthy.

"He understands our offence and he's excited to run it,'' Barker added.

"But until he's ready, he can't do it."


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