The Sun Always Shines On DBs

Don’t look now, but this Sunday’s Canadian Football League game between the Alouettes and the Argonauts is another season defining match for the Toronto squad.
After two similar ‘turning point’ games and two wins against East Division rivals Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the past month, the Argos travel to McGill’s Percival Molson Stadium Sunday to take on Montreal, who have quietly slipped past both Hamilton and Toronto into the division lead – two points ahead of both squads.
Montreal is on a five-game win streak. Granted they have played cellar-dwelling Ottawa twice in those five games, but they have also handed league leaders Calgary Stampeders one of their only two losses so far this season.
Two of Toronto’s potent running game weapons – Andre Durie and Chad Kackert, shown below, – were on Toronto’s Downsview practice field Wednesday with footballs in their hands but, due to injuries, both were still limited to spectator status as offensive drills were run.

Durie is on the six-game injury list while Kackert’s name isn’t on the Argos’ website roster list, suggesting he is, once again, done for the year and/or retired from active playing.

Defensively, the acquisition of NFLer Cory Greenwood, a native of Kingston, Ont., will bolster the middle of the Toronto D-line. Greenwood, below working out for the first time for the Argos since the team drafted him third overall in the 2010 draft, was released from the Detroit Lions where he spent last year on the injured reserve list. Greenwood, 29, also played 48 games in three years for the Kansas City Chiefs where he recorded 35 tackles.
Defensive back Orhian Johnson, below, makes an imposing opponent during blocking drills.
Armond Smith, below, makes a catch.

Toronto’s Playoff Push

Sitting just two points behind the East Division leaders Hamilton Tiger-Cats, quarterback Ricky Ray, below, and his Toronto Argonauts took to their practice field in Downsview Wednesday to prepare for their Friday night game against Hamilton at Rogers Centre.
This will be the second of three head-to-head matches to determine the top team among the two QEW rivals and will go a long way to determine which team can take control of their division as playoffs loom large on the horizon.
Curtis Steele, below, runs through some ball carrying drills.
Hamilton has an edge in wins against Toronto this year taking the annual Labour Day Classic game in Hamilton, and christening the team’s new Tim Hortons Field with a 13-12 win.

Special teams coordinator Jim Daley barks instructions and directions at players during the practice Wednesday, below.

Linebacker Jonathan Hood, a St. Francis Xavier and University of Western Ontario product, sports his dreadlocks out the back of his helmet.

Fullback Brendan Gillanders runs through blocking pads held up by running back Steve Slaton, below.

And Chad Owens makes a decent grab across the middle during offense drills, below.

Also on the field but carrying a bit of different equipment from the players was Toronto Sun photographer Stan Behal, below.
Behal has been a staff photographer for the Toronto tabloid since 1983, and has won National Press Photographers Association and World Press Photo Award Foundation awards for his photography.