Although listed today on the Toronto Argonauts’ website under the six-game injured list, players greeted 13-year CFL veteran and three-time Grey Cup champion quarterback Ricky Ray to the team’s Downsview Park practice facility field Thursday with “The New Guy” moniker.
Ray donned pads and helmet during the sweltering hot afternoon workout and looked ready to take game-time snaps, throwing strong and true after many months off following off-season shoulder surgery last December.
However, Trevor Harris (below right),the Boatmen’s current Number One pivot, still took the majority of snaps behind centre during drills and will be the man to lead the team into Tim Hortons Field Monday when the Argos take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the annual Labour Day Classic matchup.
Ray is actually at the team’s third string position right now behind Harris and fellow QB Adrian McPherson, with practice roster QB Logan Kilgore filling out the spots.
Ray, who threw 28 touchdown passes last year – the most as an Argo and just the second most behind the 35 he threw as an Edmonton Eskimos QB in his CFL sophomore year – was quoted as saying it felt ‘weird’ to be back on the field after a long time away and throwing passes again.
Harris has been no slouch this year taking over for Ray, as he leads the league in touchdowns passes with 19, and has a completion percentage of 74 per cent. His 2,453 yards in the air is currently fourth in the league this season.
Also back in pads and running offensive and special team drills was veteran slotback Chad Owens. The veteran Argo has missed four games with an injured ankle and may see time on the field Monday if he has no setbacks, head coach Scott Milanovich was quoted as saying.
It was a sweltering hot day on the practice field Thursday and defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, below, takes a break to rehydrate.