QB Allen may not play

MIKE KOREEN and STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

While Pinball Clemons addressed the media yesterday, quarterback Damon Allen walked behind the scrum and asked for his coach's attention.

"Hey Pin," Allen said. "Tell them we're going to bring in Montana tomorrow."

Unfortunately, Joe Montana is not going to come out of retirement and solve the Argos' quarterbacking woes. But at least a glimmer of hope continues to shine about the possibility of Allen playing and, perhaps, starting tomorrow against the B.C. Lions at the Rogers Centre.

Allen, once again, took the majority of reps yesterday. He has been out since breaking the middle finger on his throwing hand in the season opener.

"Whether he plays or not isn't as important as the fact he has been in there and gotten a lot of reps this week," Clemons said of Allen. "It looks like he will return to the lineup certainly in the next three weeks, probably the next two weeks and he may even play (tomorrow)."

But Clemons has to be tempted to play Allen because of the team's injury problems at quarterback.

Spergon Wynn, the starter in Allen's absence, left practice for the second day in a row to see a doctor after suffering a head injury on Saturday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Fourth-stringer Darnell Kennedy is out because of a viral problem.

Third-stringer Eric Crouch, who filled in admirably for Wynn in Regina, is the only healthy quarterback.

Kicker Noel Prefontaine, an ex-quarterback, will be the third-string QB if Allen or Wynn can't play.

"(Allen is) closer to playing than he has been," Clemons said.

"In his mind, he's playing because he's a competitor. But that decision isn't made in our mind yet. Eric Crouch is right now the healthiest guy."

BE PATIENT

While the Argos didn't experience a huge surge at the box office when Ricky Williams was not injured, co-owner Howard Sokolowski isn't panicking.

Sokolowski acknowledges he expected bigger crowds -- the Argos' average is, in fact, down from 2005 -- but he thinks winning consistently will bring in the most fans.

"Ultimately, this city wants a winning football team," he said. "I remember when Roger Clemens was (a Blue Jay) for those two years. He won the Cy Young (twice) but I'm not sure there was an appreciable increase in gate. This city appreciates a winning team more than a star player."

When asked about Williams, Sokolowski was quick to praise the star running back.

"He's a well-mannered, very well-read, smart guy who's a man of his word," Sokolowski said. "He told us when he came here he'd give us his all and he did give us his all.

"He has been exemplary on the field and off the field."


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