Bonner's season over

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

Veteran linebacker Antonious Bonner has been shelved for the season with a knee injury that will require surgery.

The Argos will reveal today they have placed Bonner on the nine-week injured list after receiving a report from the team's medical staff he will need surgery, likely in a month's time, vice-president of football operations Adam Rita said yesterday.

Bonner suffered the injury early in the Argos-Ottawa Renegades game at the Rogers Centre on Sept. 28.

It's the second time this season Bonner has been injured. He hurt his back in the season opener against the B.C. Lions and missed five games, replaced by both Chuck Winters and Ray Mariuz. It's expected Winters will fill in for Bonner, starting tomorrow against the Edmonton Eskimos at the Rogers Centre.

Winters played defensive back against Ottawa, filling in for Kenny Wheaton, who was sidelined with a groin injury. Wheaton is scheduled to return to the starting lineup, as is cornerback Jordan Younger, who missed the last game with a leg injury.

Allen raring to go

Veteran quarterback Damon Allen is keen on returning to game action, feeling the break after playing two games in five days has taken away momentum.

"I think we look forward to some type of a rhythm of a football team and how we're going to play the rest of the year," he said. "I felt like this break has been really long."

The Argos begin a schedule of four games in 17 days.

Allen also indicated the recent break did little to help his wonky right ankle. He bruised it in a game against Winnipeg on Aug. 1 and it has never fully healed.

"I probably will be in some kind of physical discomfort for the rest of the year," he said.

"Mainly my discomfort is in practice. I'll fight through the discomfort and take a shot (of painkiller) on game day. I don't do it in practice because then I'd have to take it every day and I choose not to do that. But the nature of my injury is it's basically going to take all year to heal because it's a bruised bone."

After missing parts of the last two seasons, Allen came into the season wanting to play every game and has no desire to take time off.

"I don't care about rest. What I care about is playing," he said.

"I can play with a little discomfort and still play effectively and still do the things I need to do to win ball games. This might be my last year or it could be next year or the following year, who knows, but as of right now I want to play football and that's what I'm doing."


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