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.