Injuries shake up Argos

Argos QB Michael Bishop, sporting a sling, watches his team during practice in Mississauga on...

Argos QB Michael Bishop, sporting a sling, watches his team during practice in Mississauga on Monday. (Sun Media/Ernest Doroszuk)

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:50 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders might be well advised to flush away the game films from the front end of their home-and-home series against the Argonauts into the nearby Bow River.

And not just because they were throttled 48-15 by the Double Blue on Thursday night at the Rogers Centre.

Because of a recent rash of injuries, it will be a significantly different Argos team that the Stampeders will see in the second leg of this matchup at McMahon Stadium in Calgary on Saturday night.

- Michael Bishop, the Argos starting quarterback against the Stamps five days ago, will be out an estimated six-plus weeks after fracturing a bone in his right wrist versus Calgary, leaving former NFLer Mike McMahon to take over the reigns this weekend.

- Jamal White, the Argos starting running back in the blowout win over Calgary, suffered a concussion in that game and is questionable.

- Coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons said there still is water on John Avery's ailing knee, too, and went on to admit the Argos might very well rely on the one-two running back punch of Jeff Johnson and rookie Andre Durie when they take the field in Alberta.

- Defensive back Kenny Wheaton missed practice yesterday with a groin/leg injury and said he will not play in Calgary.

Having completed just 9-for-18 passes in his brief CFL career, McMahon is hoping to extend the winning streak of the 2-1 Argos. He'll be backed up by veteran Damon Allen and former Saskatchewan Roughrider and Hamilton Tiger-Cat Rocky Butler, who was signed yesterday.

McMahon's introduction to life north of the border proved less than ideal when his vehicle was stolen early in training camp. But he says things have got better since then, including his grasp of the CFL game.

"The motion is the biggest adjustment," he said. "In the NFL, going offside is a no no. Here, it's almost a no no if you don't go offside."

McMahon mopped up against the Stamps last week, but does not feel that will give him an edge this time.

"They have a full week to prepare so it could be an entirely different team," he said.

An upbeat Bishop arrived at practice yesterday wearing a large blue sling, one which will be removed today in favour of a smaller cast.

Saying "I won't come back until I feel I'm completely ready to go," Bishop plans on accelerating his rehab next week.

Asked if Bishop will be the No. 1 quarterback when he comes back, Clemons said he is leaning that way.

"Michael Bishop will be it when he returns," Clemons said. "Of course, if Mike McMahon reels off a (slew) of wins, it will give us something to talk about."

With Wheaton ailing, the Argos signed safety Wayne Shaw to their practice roster. Shaw was the Argos' 13th overall pick in the 1999 CFL draft.


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