Argos rest bodies but not minds

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:13 AM ET

Their bodies may be tired, but the Argos' minds must be sharp.

With the first half of their only-in-the-CFL week in the books as a big 36-24 win over the Alouettes Thursday in Montreal, the Argos reconvened yesterday for a film session and light practice in preparation for a game Monday against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-4) at the Rogers Centre.

Rest, relaxation and solid studying will be on the menu for the next two days as coach Pinball Clemons said yesterday the East-leading Argos (3-2) will not have an all-out, full practice before the holiday Monday (4 p.m.) tilt.

"What we'll try to do is get them as much rest as possible and during that rest period, infuse as much knowledge in them as we can," Clemons said.

The Argos' assistant coaches did some scheming for Winnipeg before the Als game to be ready for the quick turnaround. And it doesn't hurt that the Bombers' previous game was against the Alouettes last Friday -- a 51-46 Winnipeg win.

The Argos, meanwhile, did not appear to suffer any serious injuries in Montreal, though Clemons said the team doesn't have a completely clean bill of health.

"We do have a few bumps and bruises, but that's something we'll just have to deal with," said Clemons, who must send his game-day roster to the CFL today. "We don't have anybody else healthy that was hurt (previously). We do have a couple of guys who might be questionable. We'll continue to monitor that."

Team-leading receiver Arland Bruce III (adductor), who missed the Montreal game, remains a question mark. Kick returner Bashir Levingston was down for several minutes after taking a hit Thursday, though he did return to the game. But with or without those two, the Argos will enter the game Monday feeling good about themselves.

"I mentioned several times last week that health was a big part of how we'd function in the second game," Clemons said.

"What I didn't elaborate on is mental health is part of that. Having won (in Montreal), it significantly increases the mental health of our football team. That makes a huge difference."

Having said that, the Argos are not about to let their heads swell now that they are on top of the East.

"I don't think you get too high after any win unless it's a Grey Cup win for us personally," Argos defensive back Adrion Smith said. "We've already been past that game (against Montreal), so we have to overlook it. We probably don't even get a chance to review the game film ... We've got to get ready for Winnipeg."


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