Wayne Smith's got Ricky's blind side 0
Javes Lewis gets stopped by Andrew Jones and Wayne Smith during Argos training camp June 4, 2012. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)
Wayne Smith has Ricky Ray's back.
After sitting out practice all week with a strained oblique, the Argonauts' left tackle worked out Saturday with the No. 1 unit and said afterward he will play Monday against B.C.
"I plan on it. I'm no psychic or doctor. But I expect to play a whole game. If I didn't think I could I would let someone else step in."
Smith said he first suffered the injury early in last week's game against Montreal although he's uncertain exactly how it happened.
That he could recover this quickly would seem improbable. The oblique muscles run along the outside of the abdomen and can affect everything from torso to abdominal and shoulder movement. Raptors guard Jerryd Bayless was deemed out for the season when he injured his in March. Jays' pitcher Brandon Morrow strained his in June and hasn't pitched since.
So, there was every reason to think Tony Washington would get the start, a formidable challenge considering he'd be going against CFL sack leader Keron Williams.
But Smith said the injury started to feel better the day after the game and that he didn't practice more as a precaution. "If I didn't think I could play the whole game because of the oblique or the abdomen I would tell them. I wouldn't want to hurt the team."
As for hurting himself? Hey, it's football. Everyone is hurt. By this time in the season it's starting to become just a matter of degrees."
-- Bill Lankhof
If Geroy Simon beats the Argonauts Monday, Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich has only himself to blame.
Simon is the CFL's all-time receiving yardage leader, and it was Milanovich -- then the quarterback at Maryland -- who got him started, tossing Simon his first college TD in 1993.
"I believe it was a scramble. Imagine, me. Out of the pocket," said Milanovich, chuckling. "He broke off his route and I just found him at the back of the end zone. I think he'd remember. You remember your first. And, it was against Florida State. And it was a close game at the time."
Even then, the Argonauts' coach said, it was evident that Simon was special. Even when both were with Tampa in the NFL and Simon couldn't get playing time, Milanovich figured he'd find a home somewhere. "You can never predict numbers (but) when were in Tampa together I just felt he needed a break. He had that talent. So, I'm not surprised (how well he's done)."
Asked who Toronto will be using to cover Simon, Milanovich's lip twitched into a half grin. "I'm not sure. We'll have to wait and see. Maybe we'll have to put two or three (defenders) on him."
-- Bill Lankhof