Argos cautious with Boyd

No player is as indispensable as Cory Boyd, who can turn a simple handoff into a big play and...

No player is as indispensable as Cory Boyd, who can turn a simple handoff into a big play and provide a blocking presence only a man of his size can achieve.(DAVE THOMAS/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:29 PM ET

EDMONTON - Cory Boyd hasn’t been completely ruled out from next Thursday’s home game against the Montreal Alouettes, but a date in the Hammer is looking more of a reality.

“If he doesn’t play against Montreal, I would expect him to play against Hamilton,’’ head coach Jim Barker said of his star tailback.

For the third game in a row, Boyd was not available when the Argos played the host Eskimos Friday night, replaced in the starting backfield by Chad Kackert.

No player is as indispensable as Boyd, who can turn a simple handoff into a big play and provide a blocking presence only a man of his size can achieve.

The MCL strain in Boyd’s knee is much improved, allowing Boyd to run with greater velocity.

No matter what unfolds in Edmonton, the Argos will not rush Boyd back in the lineup, fearing any setback will result in a prolonged period of inactivity.

“He’s close,’’ Barker said of Boyd’s return. “But it’s such a short week.”

Kackert’s run as an Argo would have been short had he not responded from his debut effort in Montreal, where he fumbled twice.

Barker was very blunt when asked to describe what he told Kackert as the Argos prepared for last week’s game against Winnipeg.

“He was told don’t fumble or you won’t be here next week,’’ Barker said.

Kackert didn’t and he scored two rushing majors in Toronto’s loss to the Bombers.

With Boyd’s return drawing nearer, Kackert isn’t even thinking of what may happen to his role.

“It shouldn’t be an issue knowing that whatever you need to do, you need to work as hard for it,’’ he said. “There’s no sense of urgency because this is what I’m doing right now, stepping in when he’s down. What’s needed is to help the team win and everything else will fall into place.”


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