Jones likely taking over in Hamilton

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

Khari Jones could be back in action Saturday night when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats take on the Ottawa Renegades at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

And that also means he could be starting on Aug. 13 when the Ticats come to Winnipeg.

Tabbies No. 1 quarterback Danny McManus injured his thumb Saturday night against the Edmonton Eskimos, and it's believed he will miss a few weeks of action.

Backup quarterback Marcus Brady took over for McManus in Edmonton, but head coach Greg Marshall told the Hamilton Spectator on Monday that Jones and Brady will take an equal number of snaps in practice this week.

Marshall added that he won't decide who his starting quarterback will be until tomorrow night.

It sounds like he might be leaning towards Jones, the former Winnipeg Blue Bomber great who signed in Steeltown just eight days ago.

"We brought Khari in for a reason. I think he has some good things," Marshall told the Spectator. "I like some of the things Marcus does, but depending on some of the things Ottawa does, Khari has seen every defence."

AWWWWW: Eskimos LB A.J. Gass is known as one mean CFLer, but he has a romantic side, as the Edmonton Journal reports.

During the off-season he and his girlfriend, Edmonton Oilers employee Stacey Brockhoff, travelled to Egypt, where Gass planned to propose marriage.

At 2 a.m., they climbed Mount Sinai to watch the sun rise. Halfway up, their flashlight died.

"We were going up there by feel," Gass told the Journal. "She was freezing, but I was complaining more than she was. It was very, very cold. It was a mess.

"There was a lot on my mind. I kept thinking, 'Do I still have the ring? I don't want to lose the ring.' "

They finally got to the top, huddled under a blanket, and Gass popped the question as the sun came over the horizon.

"I thought, 'Man, if she doesn't say yes, it's going to be a short walk down -- right over the cliff.' But she said yes, and she cried a little bit. Some other couples up there thought it was really romantic and they took pictures of us.

"I think we floated the whole way down."

LATE HITS: DB Santino Hall was the Roughriders rookie of the year in 2004. Now he's on the way out of town. The Leader-Post reports that Saskatchewan head coach Danny Barrett put Hall on waivers after Friday's 21-16 loss and is looking to trade him ... Speaking of the 'Riders, DT Nate Davis is expected to miss at least two weeks with a strained MCL. The Roughriders claim Renegades OL Morris Unutoa caused the injury with a questionable hit and are asking the CFL to review. In addition, Davis and Renegades co-ordinator Greg Marshall were seen arguing after the game.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

B.C. Lions

- WR Tony Simmons looked like he would be gone for a long time when his plant leg bent awkwardly Friday night against the Stampeders. He's expected to miss only three weeks.

Calgary Stampeders

- Former Bombers LB Brian Clark signed a new contract with the Stamps last week that will keep him in Red and White until the end of the 2008 season.

Edmonton Eskimos

- WR Kwame Cavil learned how fickle pro sports can be with his trade from Montreal. "They love you, and then they hate you," he told The Edmonton Sun.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

- More bad news for the Tabbies: Veteran SB Archie Amerson, who hasn't played this year, has stopped announcing a return date from his leg injury, the Hamilton Spectator reports.

Montreal Alouettes

- Almondo Curry and Lamar Chapman will start in the Als secondary Thursday night against Saskatchewan. Reggie Durden and Darrel Crutchfield are out with injuries.

Ottawa Renegades

- Head coach Joe Paopao is reportedly going to keep his job if he collects nine wins this season. He is a third of the way there after the Renegades' win over the 'Riders.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

- Despite his struggles during Friday night's loss to the Renegades, QB Nealon Greene will be back taking the snaps tomorrow in Montreal, according to The Leader-Post.

Toronto Argonauts

- WR J.F. Tremblay's injury woes this season have been a pain in the butt. His hamstring problems have been caused by the "misfiring" of his left gluteus maximus.


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