Lemon has a bad pinky

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:20 PM ET

TORONTO - The Argonauts confirmed on Thursday what readers of the Toronto Sun's sports section already knew.

Quarterback Cleo Lemon played the final 2 1/2 months of the CFL season with ligament damage in his throwing hand.

The Sun reported on Thursday, after talking to head coach Jim Barker, that Lemon had torn ligaments in his throwing hand. Lemon has a torn ligament in his right pinky finger, the team said on Thursday.

Lemon suffered the injury during a game on Sept. 11 in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions.

"We will do everything in our power to ensure that Cleo receives the best medical care available," Barker said in a statement. "We are confident this is a treatable injury and that any downtime will be limited, if at all."

Lemon played with pain in his hand, and wore a glove at times. The 31-year-old will be examined by a hand specialist in Toronto, who will determine what the recovery will involve. The original indication from Barker had been that surgery would be required.


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