Argos a banged-up bunch

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:44 AM ET

TORONTO - One-third of the Argos starting defence was injured or unable to return in Saturday’s loss in the home opener against Winnipeg.

As it stands right now, the only return from that quartet could be Ejiro Kuale.

Linebacker Anthony Cannon and halfback Evan McCollough did not participate in practice on Monday.

Cannon has a quad/groin pull while McCollough suffered a hamstring injury in the game.

Lin-J Shell is also dealing with a quad injury and while he did begin practice on Monday, he was unable to make it through the entire session.

Kuale, who was ejected for what referees were calling a helmet-to-helmet hit with intent to injure, was back on the practice field.

Head coach Jim Barker admitted he has no idea who many of the four he will have back to this weekend’s game in Edmonton.

“We’ll just have to wait and see,” Barker said.

The same goes for his quarterback situation with Cleo Lemon spending Monday in the dentist’s chair having a split tooth and some nerve damage attended to.

Barker cautioned this isn’t just a broken tooth that can get easily fixed, hinting that it might be something that could keep Lemon out for another game.

Safety Willie Pile said the circumstances — losing four starters from one unit — were drastic but he feels the team should have been better able to fill the holes without the drop in effectiveness the unit suffered.

“That’s a tough task for any team to overcome but at the same time we have the guys in that locker room to overcome that,” Pile said.

“If you look at the game, we were still only down three points. We were still only down six points. We started to get the stops that we needed to get our offence the ball. If we can take that mentality to earlier in the game when were up 17-6, regardless who is out there you can go out and make plays.

“We’ll be a lot more prepared moving forward if any situation like what happened on Saturday happens again.”


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