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Argos still eyeing CFL playoffs after cutting four receivers

Toronto Argonauts coach Scott Milanovich is seen on the sidelines during first half CFL action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Toronto on Friday, June 28, 2013.

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The Toronto Argonauts are a lot younger now following Monday's stunning release of four import receivers, but head coach Scott Milanovich still has his eyes on a CFL playoff spot.

Toronto (5-9) cut American receivers Vidal Hazelton, Kevin Elliott, Tori Gurley and Phil Bates a day after dropping a 38-11 road decision in Montreal.

Following the loss, Toronto's seventh in eight games, Milanovich questioned the commitment of his players and promised changes.

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The move was indeed a bold one, as Toronto remains very much in the East Division playoff race despite its struggles.

The Argos are third in the East Division, just two points behind Hamilton (6-8) and three in back of front-running Ottawa (6-6-1) but just two points ahead of Montreal (4-9).

While Toronto remains in playoff contention, it has very little margin for error as Edmonton (7-7) stands fourth in the West Division.

In the CFL, if the fourth-place team in one division has more points than the third-place finisher in the other, the fourth-place squad crosses over into the other conference and assumes the final playoff seed.

Toronto faces the uneviable task of having to win its four remaining regular-season games to garner a playoff berth. Two of those contests are against the league-leading Calgary Stampeders (12-1-1), who visit BMO Field on Monday.

Elliott and Gurley started at wide receiver and slotback versus Montreal and now will be replaced by Canadians Llevi Noel and Brian Jones, respectively.

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