Allen outstanding

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

It appears as if Damon Allen may have to sit on his laurels.

The veteran quarterback, who has had a career season and was named yesterday as the Argos' nominee for Outstanding Player, may not play much, if at all, in the club's regular-season finale in Ottawa on Saturday.

Head coach Pinball Clemons indicated earlier this week that some veterans may not play to allow them to rest injuries, while also giving backups meaningful game action. Michael Bishop and Charlie Peterson have practised heavily this week, suggesting they will play a lot against Ottawa.

"All year long I've taken the majority of the reps when I'm playing," Allen said yesterday.

Allen did not play in the final regular-season game last year after missing eight consecutive starts because of a leg fracture. The only difference this year would be the Argos have clinched first place in the East and won't play for 15 days after their game Saturday. Last year they played only five days after their regular-season finale.

Allen has been bothered by an ankle he bruised in a game against Winnipeg on Aug. 1. He has played through the injury for the most part, and in the past three games has been on a tear, contributing to his big year. Overall, Allen has passed for a personal-best 5,082 yards, which is the third-most in the league behind Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo (5,556) and Edmonton's Ricky Ray (5,282). Allen, however, has the best quarterback efficiency rating of the three and the most rushing yards.

This is the fourth time he has been named his team's outstanding player, but the first in his three years with the Argos. He is the sentimental choice to be named the East Division representative and win the award which will be handed out in Vancouver during Grey Cup week.

"Going into this year I honestly believed we were capable of representing the East Division because we have a good football team and we're starting to show the fruition of that late in the year," he said.

"As far as being the Most (Outstanding) Player, I think in most people's minds that probably was out of the question, (being) 42 years old and not having played a full season in the last couple of years. Deep down I always knew I was capable of it, if I'm able to play consistently and have good personnel behind me."

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