It's Wynn's time

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

As Damon Allen prepares to have a plate and screw inserted into his broken finger, the Argos find themselves on pins and needles.

Allen will undergo surgery today and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks.

In the interim, first-year Argo Spergon Wynn, who hasn't started a game since the 2003 Eastern semi-final in a cross-over playoff that pitted the B.C. Lions and Argos, will line up at quarterback with CFL rookie Eric Crouch as the backup and punter Noel Prefontaine as the third-stringer.

The Argos are discussing the merits and potential cap repercussions of adding a third legitimate quarterback as they gear up for Friday's game in Winnipeg against the Blue Bombers.

While it was business as usual for the Argos yesterday, an air of uncertainty nonetheless prevailed.

Wynn has earned praise and respect for his ability to lead the Argos to last week's season-opening win against Hamilton after Allen was hurt on the team's third play.

Wynn plays with poise and arrived early to training camp as he began to learn Kent Austin's complicated scheme.

No one, though, knows for certain how Wynn will react now that he has been anointed the team's incumbent.

What the Argos do know is how calm and composed Wynn looked as he practised yesterday for the first time as the first-string quarterback.

"Spergon is the same guy," Austin said. "He's a very consistent guy and he doesn't change. He absorbs things very quickly and obviously he'll now get more reps.

"What Spergon needs to do is manage the offence like a starter. This is a great opportunity for him."

Wynn, 27, has played in three leagues and been asked to learn seven offensive systems.

"He's ready because his number has been called," head coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons said. "That's the nature of pro sports. You don't get a chance to decide when you're ready.

"When your number gets called you have to answer the bell. We're asking Spergon to play within himself and make good decisions."

Allen plans on providing an extra set of eyes for Wynn.

The veteran Allen could have opted to have a pin inserted into the middle finger of his right (throwing) hand, but that procedure would have precluded any rehab.

"No question I'll be involved heavily in preparation each week," Allen, who was sporting a cast, said. "I'll pretty much be able to do everything the same. I just won't be able to throw the football."

Allen has developed a close bond with Wynn, who was acquired in an off-season trade with the Bombers.

"What Spergon needs is reps," Allen said. "He hasn't played in a year and he just needs to feel comfortable."


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