Argo arms on the mend

Toronto Argonauts quarterbacks Spergon Wynn (left) and Damon Allen share a laugh during practice...

Toronto Argonauts quarterbacks Spergon Wynn (left) and Damon Allen share a laugh during practice yesterday. Allen might be ready to play on Saturday against the B.C. Lions. (Toronto Sun/Dave Thomas)

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

Doug Flutie can continue to prepare for his full-time broadcasting career.

With starter Damon Allen looking good in practice yesterday and second-stringer Spergon Wynn not as badly injured as originally feared, the Argos have abandoned thoughts of a Flutie-fling, for now.

The Argos (2-3) flirted with the retired Flutie last week, but it seems like another 40-something quarterback -- Allen -- will be in the spotlight this week heading into a home game Saturday against the B.C. Lions.

Allen took first-team reps yesterday for the first time since breaking his middle finger on his throwing hand June 17, while Wynn also was throwing a bit after being on the receiving end of a nasty hit Saturday in a 26-23 road win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"The tempting thing is he looks so good," Argos coach Pinball Clemons said. "He was so proficient (yesterday) and looking so well. It's not whether or not he can get in there and run the offence."

In this case, it's all about whether Allen is risking further damage by returning at this stage. Allen said he had an x-ray before the game in Saskatchewan game and could have played, but Clemons held him out.

"For me the important thing is to get back on the field and start practising again," Allen, who continues to wear a bandage on the injured finger, said.

"The ultimate call (will be made by) our coaching staff. Hopefully I can play a factor in (showing) I'm ready."

Wynn, meanwhile, did not suffer a concussion after taking a hit to the head and being rushed to hospital. His only symptom yesterday was a stiff neck.

"Really, really happy to see that," Clemons said. "We were afraid it may be bigger than football when we first saw that. We are really, really excited to see him back out there throwing the ball and feeling good. That's a great thing for us."

Clemons would not say there was no chance of re-visiting the Flutie situation, in part because fourth-stringer Darnell Kennedy is nursing an undisclosed injury and did not practice yesterday.

General manager Adam Rita also mentioned ex-Argos quarterback Michael Bishop's name as a possibility on the Fan 590 AM yesterday.

Eric Crouch came on in relief of Wynn Saturday and led the Argos to a key victory.

The Argos have a day off practice today and many of the players, including Allen, will be playing in charity golf tournaments. Allen, who has golfed three times since suffering the injury, will have another important day when the team returns to practice tomorrow.

"I'm not a doctor," offensive co-ordinator Kent Austin said, "but he looked good (yesterday)."


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