Argos' Ricky Ray could suit up vs. Tiger-Cats on Thanksgiving Day

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray is on the cusp of returning to the lineup. (FRED...

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray is on the cusp of returning to the lineup. (FRED THORNHILL/Reuters)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:50 AM ET

TORONTO - The days are numbered for Zach Collaros, at least in terms of leading an Argonauts offence that continues to search for that complete game featuring crisp early-game execution and no late-game drama.

While he’s more than proven to be a capable quarterback in Ricky Ray’s absence, doing the unthinkable when one considers how tighter Toronto’s grip on the East has become with Collaros lining up under centre, the fact remains that Ray is getting closer — and the closer he gets the closer Collaros returns to his familiar role as backup.

Ray won’t be back this Friday when the Scullers play host to their first home game in more than a month, a night the Argos can assure themselves of a home playoff date for the second year in a row — but Thanksgiving Day Monday in Guelph now looms as a realistic return scenario for Ray.

It may even be pushed back if a setback unfolds, but the way Ray was tossing the pigskin following Tuesday’s practice would seem to indicate his torn shoulder muscle is healing.

Ray’s delivery was as smooth as ever, but one can’t measure his arm strength at this time in a controlled session with assistant coach and former teammate Jason Maas.


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