Argos running backs James Wilder and Dexter McCluster injured at practice

Toronto’s bell cow running back James Wilder Jr. and newcomer Dexter McCluster have both suffered setbacks according to TSN reporter Matthew Scianitii.

Both appeared to suffer leg injuries and the was no immediate word from the Argos regarding their conditions.

Wilder has 51 carries for 220 yards and two touchdowns plus 23 catches for 229 yards receiving yards in five games this season.

The 26-year-old was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie last season after rushing for 872 yards and five touchdowns on 122 carries, posting a CFL-high 7.1 yards per attempt and caught 51 passes for 533 yards and a team-high 467 yards after the catch. He played a vital role in Toronto’s Grey Cup championship run.

McCluster was signed by the Double Blue earlier in July. He was a second-round pick, 36th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. The 29-year-old ran a 4.53 40-yard time, 4.06 short shuttle, 6.73 three-cone, 37.5-inch vertical and 20 reps on the bench press at the 2010 NFL Combine.

He played seven seasons in the NFL for the Chiefs, Titans and Chargers rushing 250 times for 1,042 yards and two touchdowns, recording 236 receptions for 1,933 yards and seven touchdowns, returned 74 kickoffs for 1,554 yards, 133 punts for 1,388 yards and three touchdowns. 2013 was McCluster’s best year in the NFL when he earned a trip to the Pro Bowl as a returner after producing 686 punt return yards and two touchdowns.

Brandon Burks was a standout in the pre-season for Toronto, but losing Wilder Jr. the six-foot-two, 232-pounder for any period of time would be a critical loss to the Argos offence.

-with CP files

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