Allen might miss next game

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

Damon Allen's status for the Argos' next game is up in the air.

The red-hot quarterback, who was replaced by Michael Bishop after suffering a bone bruise near his right ankle in the third quarter of a 34-27 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Monday, isn't sure whether he'll be ready to face the Montreal Alouettes (3-3) Friday at the Rogers Centre.

"It's too soon to say right now," said Allen, who didn't practise yesterday as the Argos (4-2) returned to the field after a five-day break. "Probably the most I can give you is that it's day to day and I'm hopeful and working hard to get my ankle back and back on the field."

Allen, who used crutches this past week to move around and had swelling around his ankle, walked without a limp yesterday. Immediately after the Winnipeg game, Allen said he expected to play against the Als. While he backed off that stance a bit yesterday, it sounds like Allen feels he has a good chance to start.

"I've been playing with pain my whole career, it's nothing new," he said. "There are some conservative people out there. I'm hopeful. They told me I was (out) 12 weeks last year when I broke my leg and I came back in seven weeks. That's all I can go on."

If Allen can't go, the Argos have plenty of confidence in Bishop, who came on in relief Monday and led the team to a victory in his first game of the season.

At least the injury hasn't affected Allen's sense of humour. In an initial interview with reporters yesterday, a giggling Allen said he'd be out at least two to three weeks.

"I'm always looking for miracles," said Allen, who hobbled out of the treatment room to add to the drama. "There are miracles that happen every day. That's the hope I have."

It wasn't until a second interview 30 minutes later that Allen got serious.

"With Damon, we expect the unexpected," Argos coach Pinball Clemons said. "Whenever something happens, we always wait on him. You're slow to judgement in his case. Whenever they say eight weeks for him, it means three. When they say two weeks, he quite possibly won't miss any time at all ... It will be tight either way.

"He'll be close and I think he has a chance to play. If it's a playoff game, does he play? I think the answer would be yes and we could answer that (yesterday). Based on this point of the season and the number of games to go, is it smart to play him? I'm not sure. We'll have to weigh it as the week goes on."

Meanwhile, receiver R. Jay Soward, who injured his right rotator cuff against Winnipeg, didn't practise yesterday and said he has a 50-50 chance of playing against Montreal.

"It will probably be a game-time decision," he said. "I'm just going to be smart about it. I'd rather play in the Grey Cup than play against Montreal on Friday."


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