Allen's likely swan song ends on bench

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

Damon Allen said he didn't hear his name being chanted as fans were serenading for what might have been a curtain call to his storied CFL career.

He did, however, have the helmet at the ready in case it came.

With starter Michael Bishop struggling, Argos coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons admitted he considered a change at quarterback.

The fans certainly were calling for it, booing Bishop and even breaking into a chant of "Allen!, Allen!," in the third quarter.

And Allen, pro football's career-leading passer, said that while he felt for Bishop's struggles, he was ready to take one last shot to rescue his team.

"We're all competitors," said Allen, who is finishing his 24th and quite possibly final CFL season.

"I'm not going to lie and say I didn't want to play. That wouldn't be true."

Allen, who willingly accepted his backup role to Bishop in recent weeks, said he has yet to decide whether he will retire.

But if his time has come, he will have no regrets.

"Regardless of what I may say, my career has been full," said Allen, who led the Argos to a Grey Cup win in 2004 and surpassed the 70,000 mark in career-passing yards last season. I can't say whether this might be my last game or whether I may be coming back next year.

"Regardless of what I say, I've done something that a lot of people haven't been able to do. I've had a lot of great times and cheers and wins. It's been nice."

Clemons wouldn't say whether he was going to go to Bishop or Rocky Butler late in the fourth quarter.

But he did acknowledge he was ready to make a change until Bishop led the team downfield on its lone impressive drive.

"I almost made the change," Clemons said. "But I decided to give him one more series ... (Bishop) is going to have to be more consistent if he is to be an impact quarterback."


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