Als' Calvillo 'crunched'

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Anthony Calvillo knew the moment it happened.

And when it unfolded, whatever chance the host Als entertained in beating the Argos for the third consecutive year in the Eastern final quickly disappeared.

On the second play of the second half, the Argos pass rush flushed Calvillo to his right.

With Eric England in pursuit, the Argos defensive end landed on Calvillo's right shoulder. He remained on the Olympic Stadium turf for a few minutes as a crowd in excess of 50,000 held its collective breath.

"When I fell on my shoulder, I didn't hear a snap but there was a crunching noise," the classy Calvillo recounted in the painful aftermath of Montreal's 26-18 loss.

"I was in serious pain."

Calvillo was taped and was injected with a pain killer in a desperate bid to return. He tried to throw on the sideline but the discomfort was overwhelming and intolerable.

When he left, the Argos were leading 8-7. With backup Ted White at quarterback, the Als were forced to alter their game plan and couldn't muster any meaningful drives.

There wasn't any of the unlimited motion, no shot gun formation and as it turned out, no hope.

The Argos, of course, have been on the painful end of knockout punches when quarterbacks are concerned.

Reggie Slack was forced out of the Eastern final two years ago, while Damon Allen has twice been sidelined by the Als, including last year's matchup here in Montreal.

Earlier in last night's meeting, Ed Philion appeared to go out of his way in going for Allen's knee.


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