Jeremaine Copeland could be lost to the Argonauts for up to six weeks.
The Boatmen’s leading receiver suffered an injury to his left elbow during a 37-22 Toronto victory against the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday night and had an MRI on Monday.
Though the Argos won’t know the results until Tuesday or Wednesday, Argos head coach Jim Barker is bracing himself for the worst.
“It popped out and they popped it back in, so we’re looking at probably four to six weeks,? Barker said after practice on Monday. “We don’t know for sure, but knowing Cope, it will be the shorter end of that.?
Copeland was wearing a sling on his left arm at practice but did not speak to reporters. In seven games, Copeland leads the Argos with 320 receiving yards and has one touchdown.
Ryan Christian took Copeland’s slotback spot against Montreal, but another member of the offence could be in the position against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday night at the Rogers Centre. Jeffery Webb is expected to return to the lineup after four weeks on the injured list, and Chad Lucas took some reps there on Monday. James Robinson could be activated from the practice roster.
“It’s a huge hole, but we have guys now who have played and we will move some people around and make some decisions on who is going to play that spot and move forward,? Barker said. “We don’t worry about when a guy gets hurt. With all due respect to Cope, we have guys who we expect to be able to step in and there should be no drop off.?
Two others who were hurt against the Als – offensive lineman Cedric Gagne-Marcoux (calf) and cornerback Willie Middlebrooks – did not practise and are day to day. Defensive tackle Adriano Belli, who has missed two games with a foot injury, will not play against Hamilton.