Argos a mystery at QB

Argonauts' veteran quarterback Damon Allen, nursing a broken finger, hands a ball off to John Avery...

Argonauts' veteran quarterback Damon Allen, nursing a broken finger, hands a ball off to John Avery during practice yesterday in Mississauga. Avery will start for the injured Ricky Williams Saturday night, but Allen's status is uncertain. (Toronto Sun/Greg Henkenhaf)

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:43 AM ET

For the Argos, the quarterback conundrum continues.

And with no definitive word on a possible starter for Saturday's game against the visiting B.C. Lions, the mystery surrounding the pivotal position will persist into today and perhaps up until kickoff.

Under most circumstances, teams like to keep their opponents guessing when it comes to roster moves.

The Argos are faced with conditions that could be best described as unusual, leaving head coach Michael (Pinball) Clemons with a difficult decision.

Spergon Wynn was scheduled to undergo further tests yesterday as the team figures out whether Wynn is suffering from any lingering effects from a hit that sent the backup quarterback to hospital.

Incumbent quarterback Damon Allen has taken snaps with the first-team offence, but the veteran would only go so far as to say he will dress for the first time since his season-opening finger injury on the third play from scrimmage.

CROUCH ON SCOUT TEAM

Third-stringer Eric Crouch, who made a couple of key plays in relief of Wynn in the Argos' 26-23 win in Regina, continues to practise with the scout team.

"You'll have to see on Saturday who lines up under centre," Allen said following yesterday's practice.

The only known facts are that Scott Schultz is lighter in the pocket after the Saskatchewan defensive lineman was fined an undisclosed amount by the CFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Wynn on the final play of the first half.

Fellow D-lineman Terrell Jurineack has been suspended one game for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Crouch on a quarterback option that received very little attention. It's believed Saskatchewan will appeal the league's decision.

Strangely, there were no penalties on each play.

It's of small consolation for the Argos, who can improve to 3-3 with a win on Saturday against a Lions team that beat the Boatmen 26-19 last month in Vancouver.

The Argos then are faced with the daunting task of playing the East-leading Montreal Alouettes on a short week.

Allen admits his range of motion is limited and he continues to experience slight pain in his finger.

When the Argos greeted fans following practice, Allen extended his left hand in a gesture of gratitude.

"It feels good to be practising," Allen, who turns 43 on Saturday, said.

Ultimately, the quarterback call rests with Clemons, who is befuddled as anyone.

Even the engaging Clemons is growing weary of the questions surrounding the position.

"It is what it is," Clemons said in summing up a quarterback quandary that won't go away.


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