Pinball not rushing Allen

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

When it comes to Damon Allen, Argos coach Pinball Clemons is stressing the "better safe than sorry" motto.

While the Argos' star quarterback, who has been out since breaking the middle finger on his throwing hand in the season opener June 17, might dress Saturday in Saskatchewan against the Roughriders, Clemons said yesterday he would like to hold Allen off the field for two more games.

That means Spergon Wynn, 0-3 as a starter this season, likely will be behind centre for the Argos (1-3) in Saskatchewan and against the B.C. Lions July 29 at the Rogers Centre. Allen could return as a starter Aug. 3 in Montreal against the league-leading Alouettes.

"The reality is we don't want to play Damon in this game (Saturday)," Clemons said yesterday as the Argos returned to practice following a bye week. "I am considering dressing him. But our desire is not to play him this game and my real desire is probably the next two games, if I'm honest.

"That would be the best thing for him and his health. It also might be the best thing for the team. With that, we're going to be measured in our steps."

Allen threw the ball a bit more in practice yesterday than he did in similar situations before the bye week, but otherwise worked on his running for the majority of the session. Wynn took the first-string snaps for most reps.

"You didn't see (Allen) throw the ball a whole lot," Clemons said. "He did more running around than throwing the ball and I think there's a reason for that. He's been working on his feet, he was here all week every day doing his foot drills. We want to make sure we're smart."

Allen feels his recovery is going well. He was expected to be out four to six weeks after suffering the injury and that timeline seems to be holding to form.

"Each day passes and I believe the finger is getting better and better," he said. "More and more I'll continue to start throwing, too, (as the finger heals).

"I was told that I'm suiting up (Saturday)."

Just dressing, Allen said, would be a step in the right direction.

"What I was hoping is that I would suit up (Saturday) and I'm doing that," he said. "My goal and what I wanted to do, to line up (Saturday), it came true. I (wasn't) thinking about playing, I was thinking about suiting up. When you suit up, you've got a chance to play."


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