QB carousel lands on Butler

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

Before the Robert Kent era gathers much (any?) steam, don't give up on Mike McMahon's days with the Argos.

Or Michael Bishop, Damon Allen, Rocky Butler and even Eric Crouch for that matter.

Butler bursts through the rapidly revolving door of the Argos quarterback colony for Friday night's Rogers Centre date with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

And that's all we know.

Ageless Allen had another MRI on his injured right toe yesterday and will confer with team doctors and coaching staff to determine when (if?) he might return.

Bishop is hoping his broken wrist will heal enough to return for the Labour Day classic against Hamilton.

Yesterday the team signed Arena Football 2 product Kent to the practice roster essentially as an emergency replacement.

Which brings us to former NFL backup McMahon.

Early in the season, he boldly proclaimed he didn't come north to hold a clipboard. After two outings in which he struggled, was replaced by Allen and after Allen was hurt was leapfrogged on the depth chart by Butler, McMahon's outlook is more grounded.

"Any time you perform the way you don't want, it's a humbling experience," McMahon said.

"You just keep working hard. When you are up, you never get too high, when you are down, you never get too low."

It appears the team will opt for Butler this week for two reasons: He has won a CFL game before and as a former Green Rider, he has worked against the Saskatchewan defence.

"He gave us a chance to win," Clemons said of a near comeback against Montreal last week when Butler relieved Allen.

"When you get to what is your fourth or fifth quarterback, if that guy can give you a chance to win, you can't ask for much more than that."

Despite the optics, Clemons said he has not given up on McMahon, who was impressive in two pre-season outings but regressed sharply when asked to start.

"Last week he said: 'Coach, if you don't give up on me, I'm not giving up. I'm not going away that easy.'"

"That was very important to me to see the resolve in this young man. We all at this point feel Michael Bishop is going to be our guy, but we also have a lot of faith that Mike McMahon can be 1a."

Meanwhile, the Argos had mixed news on the injury front yesterday. Receiver Tony Miles is hopeful he'll be back in the lineup Friday, while running back John Avery continues to nurse a sore ankle and is questionable.


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