Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Argos Players Anxiously Awaiting Their Fate as Argos Make Final Cuts

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Argos Players Anxiously Awaiting Their Fate as Argos Make Final Cuts

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CFL cutdown a tough time for players


TORONTO - Now the long wait begins for Trumaine Washington, Brandon Burks and all the other Toronto Argonauts hopefuls.

Toronto concluded its exhibition schedule Thursday night with a 32-17 loss to the Ottawa Redblacks in Guelph, Ont. The players are no longer control their fate as the Argos' brass has until 10 a.m. ET on Sunday to make their final cuts.

"That's going to be pretty tough just knowing they only have a few roster spots left," Washington said. "I'm just going to sit in my room and pray about it and when it's time to go to lunch make sure I communicate with the team.

"This is a great locker room with great football players so I'll make sure I communicate with them and pray for the best."

CFL teams must reduce their rosters to 46 active players. They can also keep up to 10 more on the practice roster.

Toronto begins its Grey Cup defence next Friday visiting the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Argos will return to BMO Field for their home opener June 23 in a championship rematch versus the Calgary Stampeders.

Washington, 22, enjoyed a stellar camp with Toronto. The five-foot-eight, 190-pound rookie defensive back had nine tackles, one sack, an interception, forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the two exhibition games.

"I think I did solid but I could've done better," he said. "Playing with these guys, they set a standard, they want everybody to play fast and go fast in everything you do and run to the ball so that was my main focus.

"I played with my eyes and made sure I knew my keys and plays."

Burks, 24, has dealt with the uncertainty that is pro football. The former Troy star joined the Argos this off-season after being released by both the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers.

"I've been through this process a couple of times so you can't have your mind psyched up for one thing because it can let you down," Burks said. "I feel like I did enough so I could stay but sometimes you can do enough and that might not be it because there's a lot of great players here."

Burks also played in both exhibition games. The five-foot-eight, 28-pound running back rushed for 69 yards on 13 carries (5. …

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