The Toronto Argonauts have advised that Chad Owens will miss the Labour Day Classic in Hamilton. The wide receiver hurt his hamstring during Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Eskimos.
This news represents a bitter blow for the Argos, who had only just welcomed Owens back from a five-game absence. He suffered the injury early in the fourth quarter of the 41-27 loss in Edmonton.
Scott Milanovich confirmed the bad news to the media on Tuesday. On the plus side, the Argonauts coach said an MRI revealed no serious damage: “It won’t keep him out a long time.”
To say the 2012 CFL Most Outstanding Player is important to the double blue is an understatement. Despite seeing limited action in 2014, Owens is fourth in the CFL with 35 receptions (along with 431 receiving yards).
The Argonauts have been incredibly unlucky with injuries to their receiving core this season, losing the likes of John Chiles and Jarred Fayson. Fortunately, Jason Barnes returned against the Eskimos and there’s a strong possibility Andre Durie will be back against the Ti-Cats, pending clearance from the medical staff.
Despite all the losses, Ricky Ray still leads the CFL in passing yards, with 2,442. However, as the current two-game losing streak confirms, he needs some help urgently, especially as the Argonauts enter the second half of their campaign.