Argos defend decision to rest Ricky Ray

 Toronto Argos quarterback Ricky Ray shares a laugh with Chad Owens (2) and Andre Durie (32) on the...

Toronto Argos quarterback Ricky Ray shares a laugh with Chad Owens (2) and Andre Durie (32) on the practice field Monday, October 28, 2013 at St. Thomas Aquinas high school in Oakville, Ont. (JACK BOLAND/QMI Agency)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:12 PM ET

On one side of the football fence resides a group pining to see Ricky Ray play as a tuneup for the playoffs.

On the other side rests a group unwilling to play Ray as a means to save him for the post-season.

With the Argos having wrapped up first in the East and a bye into the Nov. 17 divisional final, the team will basically get a three-week break before it plays the most meaningful game of the year with a berth in the Grey Cup on the line.

Those who attend this Friday’s visit by Montreal may be wise to buy a program given the many new and relatively unknown players expected to take to the field.

One won’t be Ray, who is coming off a career game in which he passed for more than 500 yards in a win over Winnipeg.

Ray attempted 45 passes, but one can count on one finger the amount of bad throws he made.

“I really do understand both sides of the argument,’’ said head coach Scott Milanovich following Monday’s workout.

 


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