Argos Steven Turner ruptures achilles

Toronto Argonauts running back Steven Turner ruptured his left Achilles tendon during a practice Monday morning.

The Bishop’s University product was taking part in a drill when he fell to the ground clutching his leg.

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“He was all by himself and there was nobody within eight yards of him,” said Argos head coach Jim Barker. “He was behind the line of scrimmage just coming up to motion and hit his foot wrong and we’ll find out from the doctors what the full extent of it is, but at this point it looks like an Achilles tendon.”

Turner, known for his explosive speed, was carted off the field. He will undergo surgery on Friday.

“To see him sitting on the cart in tears and have every player go over and give him a hug and a prayer, it’s just . . . sad,” said Barker. “But Steven Turner is a young guy. He’s got a role model like Andre Durie, who has battled back from (something) similar . . . I was fortunate to be standing there when Andre said, ‘I’ve been there. You’ll be back.’ And that’s special.”

Durie, a running back in his fourth year with the Argos, missed his senior season at York University while recovering from a serious knee injury.

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