Only injury can keep Calvillo out

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

If Anthony Calvillo wakes up this morning and declares his left calf 100% healthy, he will start against the Bombers this afternoon.

The Alouettes quarterback doesn't want to sit at this time of year, even if his team has first place in the East Division locked up with a 13-2 record.

"I want to play," Calvillo said yesterday afternoon at the team's Winnipeg hotel. "Everybody plays with bumps and bruises at this time of the year, and it's just unfair for anybody to sit down, especially with three games to go, just because you got a little injury. I just want to make sure I'm 100%.

"... I don't want to go out there and have this thing nagging for the next two to three weeks going into the playoffs, so I have to be smart about that."

If Calvillo is less than 100%, backup Adrian McPherson will get his first CFL start. McPherson hasn't been told he'll be under centre, but he's talking like he will be.

"I'm preparing myself as if I am," said McPherson, whose last start was in an Arena League game in March 2008. "I'm just looking forward to it. I feel ready."

Montreal head coach Marc Trestman would prefer to see Calvillo, who pulled up lame midway through last week's win over Hamilton, take the controls today.

"We want him to play," Trestman said. I know he wants to play, but we're going to do the right thing with him. He's gotta be 100%."

McPherson, who left Florida State after only two years due to legal troubles, realizes the Bombers probably want to face him instead of Calvillo, and he's just fine with that.

"Where maybe I'm not as experienced, they still have to change up some things," he said. "If I play, they have to have some people spy on me, and if not it can cause problems."

If Calvillo doesn't start today, he'll be the third-stringer behind McPherson and Chris Leak.

LATE HITS: The Alouettes will have a new-look linebacking corps today, as Shea Emry (concussion) and Diamond Ferri (flu) are both out. Walter Spencer will start in the middle, and Ramon Guzman, normally the backup in the middle, will shift outside ... The Bombers are making three roster changes. Punter Troy Westwood, and linebackers Barrin Simpson and Neil McKinlay are in, while receiver Dante Luciani, defensive end Justin Shaw and linebacker Joe Lobendahn (hamstring) are out ... Bombers tailback Fred Reid hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game since his club-record 260-yard performance in August ... The Bombers didn't provide a ticket update yesterday. They had sold 20,012 tickets as of Thursday afternoon, and today's game will be blacked out locally.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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