Bishop rejoins the Boatmen for now

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:39 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Michael Bishop is an Argo again.

For how long, nobody knows.

The quarterback, who played with the Argos in a backup role the past four seasons before signing a two-year deal with Chicago of the Arena League this year, re-signed with the injury-riddled Toronto team yesterday and could dress as the third-stringer tonight against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"Whatever happens happens," Bishop said last night after arriving in time for the team's final walk-through yesterday. "If I go in, I'm going to try to make plays and put points on the board. I have no idea (how long he will be with the team)."

The Argos were in desperate need of a capable quarterback. Third-stringer Eric Crouch is nursing a shoulder injury and did not practise this week. Damon Allen will start tonight and Spergon Wynn, who has struggled as Allen's replacement while the veteran was injured, will be the backup.

"The injuries are just not stopping," Argos president Keith Pelley said. "When Eric went down and with Damon still recovering, we had to look at who knows the system and who could know the system quickly."

Bishop, who was at home in Houston when the Argos called this week, performed admirably when Allen was injured the past two seasons, going 4-3-1 as a starter in the 2004 Grey Cup campaign. The Argos, however, have not given up on Wynn and it will be tough for Bishop to unseat the current backup.

"I think everybody wants to play," Bishop said."That's a decision (the coaches) are going to make. If I don't play, I'm not going to be upset. I have come back with an open mind and I'm going to have fun and be productive when I get in."

Bishop is the third player the team has flown in on a moment's notice to battle the injury bug, following in the footsteps of receiver Chad Rempel and defensive tackle Noah Cantor.

The injury situation became comical this week when coach Pinball Clemons ran into Canadian receiver Ian Forde during a meeting and injured his knee.

"When it gets to that point, it becomes inexplicable," Clemons said.


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