Tiger-Cats QB a secret

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

HAMILTON -- There is a new twist in the guessing game of who will start at quarterback for the Tiger-Cats in their next game.

While Danny McManus is still having problems with the thumb in his throwing hand that he damaged during last Saturday's game in Edmonton, the Tiger-Cats elected not to put him on injured reserve.

They had until yesterday at 4 p.m., in advance of tomorrow night's game at home against the Ottawa Renegades to place him on IR.

McManus did some throwing this week and experienced some difficulty with the release.

He had been playing well against Edmonton until he injured his hand after hitting a teammate's helmet following through on a pass attempt.

If he improves sufficiently by game time, he could start, but it more than likely will be either Marcus Brady or Khari Jones -- and head coach Greg Marshall won't tip his hand.

"We'll probably keep it close to the vest up until game time," Marshall said. "It might not be a difficult decision. I'll make sure our quarterbacks know well in advance who's going to play."

Backup Marcus Brady relieved McManus in Edmonton and had his best game since joining the team in a trade from Toronto prior to the start of the 2004 season. He threw two touchdowns, including one on his first pass.

Marshall originally had planned to insert Jones, who was signed early last week, if McManus suffered an injury or struggled, but made a gut decision to go with Brady.

"They do have somewhat different styles," Marshall said. "People say they can both do the same thing, but they're a little different.

"Khari, in his last couple years, is a little bit more like Danny -- more of a pocket passer --whereas Marcus is more of a play-action guy. It definitely has some benefits strategically not to announce it."

Marshall said Brady's performance against Edmonton may factor a little bit into his thinking who will start.

"People say because he has played well in that game and because he's been here for a year and a half he deserves the opportunity (to start), but that has nothing to do with it," Marshall said.

"This is about winning the football game...We're going to play the quarterback who gives us the best chance to win."


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