Argos shy Mann, Durie for Stampeders

The Argos won't have slotback Andre Durie for a third straight game when they play host to the...

The Argos won't have slotback Andre Durie for a third straight game when they play host to the Calgary Stampeders Friday night at the Rogers Centre. (REUTERS)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:44 PM ET

The CFLs second-least productive offence is not likely to be bolstered on Friday night by two players who can help turn things around.

Without an offensive touchdown in a remarkable 10 quarters, the struggling and struggling is a charitable word for it offence will probably have to make do without newcomer Maurice Mann as well as explosive slotback Andre Durie when the Calgary Stampeders come to town.

Mann, the receiver acquired from Hamilton after Mondays 29-19 loss in Montreal eliminated the Argos from the playoffs said he is looking forward to showing he belongs as the season plays out, but doesnt expect to begin doing so on Friday.

I wont be playing, Mann told the Sun, though the team has added him to the 46-man roster, meaning there is still a chance he suits up. Given the short turnaround from Monday though, which meant that neither Mann nor his teammates actually went through a real practice, his presence in the lineup is doubtful.

Duries status is a little more optimistic, though head coach Jim Barker listed him as questionable following a two-game absence.

Well see, Barker said. If he cant open up then he wont play again and Chad Owens will play that spot.

Durie said he is feeling better, but suggested his return was not imminent.

Everything is feeling really good, its coming along with good progress, said the Mississauga native who was in the midst of a strong season before hurting his hip two weeks ago against Winnipeg.

Durie said it has been brutal not being able to help get the team into the end zone or keep it in the playoff hunt.

Its very difficult, Im the type of guy that wants to be in through thick and thin and its kind of hard not being able to go through this with them, he said.

Its definitely something that Im taking to heart. But the faster I get back with them the better.

To the surprise of no one, the team is focusing on putting points on the board as the season winds down.

According to Barker, that is a lot harder to do minus Durie.

You gear your offence around certain players and hes a key guy and now this is the third week in a row without him (if he cant play), Barker said.

Weve got a young quarterback at least young in our system trying to get used to receivers. Those things make it more difficult, but hopefully Andre wont be much longer.

The Argos want to set a tone for next year with their performance down the stretch and Jyles maintains becoming more dangerous offensively is a key.

Now that were moving the ball, lets put it in the end zone, lets finish the drives, Jyles said.

When you get to the score zone its a matter of making plays. You can draw up everything, but if you dont make the plays, youre still not scoring. I understand where were falling short ... Once you work those things out, youre very effective.

Both Jyles and Mann cautioned though that things will not come together overnight.

The tough thing is chemistry. I think were getting a lot better at that. (Former starter Cleo Lemons) mindset and thought is different from mine and once we get on the same page and understand each other they understand what I see and where I want them to be youll score a lot of points, said Jyles.

It will take some time which ultimately could lead us into the off-season, but hopefully we get to use this now to get ready for next year, added Mann.

ryan.wolstat@sunmedia.ca


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