Argos add new blood

TERRY KOSHAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 4:04 PM ET

A day after releasing Jarrett Payton, the Argos have signed running back Amos Allen.

Allen, a 26-year-old native of Miami, attended training camp with the B.C. Lions this past spring but was released before playing in any games.

Allen will be in the lineup Friday night to face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the Rogers Centre in a game the Argos have to win. Toronto is 2-7 and another loss would further derail their plans to make the playoffs. The Ticats are 5-4 and want nothing more than to put more space between themselves and their arch-rivals.

The Argos on Thursday were addressed by Jim Stillwagon, who will be named an all-time Argo during halftime on Friday night. Stillwagon, 60, was a defensive tackle for the Argos from 1971-75. He was a three-time CFL all-star and will join 19 other former Argos on the all-time team.

“I told them it’s never too late to turn things around,” Stillwagon said. “There is failure and success, and the difference is attitude. If you have the right attitude, you can win anything.”

Unfortunately, the Argos’ attitude has been fairly positive and it has not helped yet.

The game also marks the return of former Argo Arland Bruce to the Rogers Centre. Traded to Hamilton in July, Bruce led all players during the Labour Day Classic on Monday between the clubs with 115 receiving yards. Bruce has said that he has something special planned if he scores a touchdown on Friday.

Recently signed receiver Jason Carter will make his first start of the season for Toronto, filling the spot vacated by the injured Reggie McNeal (knee).

“I go 100 miles an hour and if it’s in sight, I can catch it,” Carter, a former member of the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings, said. “I’m definitely looking forward to making something happen.”

Defensive end Jonathan Brown, activated off the nine-week injured list after recovering from a back injury, will make his first appearance of the season for the Boatmen.


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