Argos QB Drew Willy hurt in practice, status uncertain

As Drew Willy slowly made his way off the practice field on Thursday afternoon, the cold, wet rain that had soaked the Toronto Argonauts all day didn’t actually pick up. It just felt like it.

Willy had his starting status for Sunday’s game in Montreal against the Alouettes — his first start since being traded to Toronto on Sept. 11 — thrown up in the air when he was hurt near the halfway point of Thursday’s practice.

He walked with a team trainer to the locker room, showing no obvious signs of discomfort. At the doorstep to the room, he did two slow throwing motions with the trainer and then disappeared for the rest of the day.

Dan LeFevour, who had started the previous three games for the Argos, finished out the day with the first-team offence.

“He got a little knick. I’m not going to discuss too much,” Argos coach Scott Milanovich said, after Willy had taken shelter from the rain.

“He may not be back (Friday). We’ll have to see how the injury kind of handles itself overnight and see how he feels about it (Friday). It’s nothing serious.”

Asked if starting LeFevour on Sunday was a possibility, Milanovich said he’d have to wait and see.

“If we had to play today, Dan would be the guy,” he said.

Willy saw his first action as an Argonaut last week in Ottawa. He relieved LeFevour at halftime and completed 16 of 24 passes for 153 yards with one touchdown in the Argos’ 29-12 loss. It was the team’s second loss in a row, dropping them to 5-8 and third place in the CFL’s East Division.

LeFevour, meanwhile, would love the chance to undo his showing in last Friday’s game, the least effective of his three starts. He completed 13 of 19 passes for just 72 yards and had one interception,` while rushing three times for 25 yards.

“Every opportunity is a good opportunity,” he said. “I’ve just got to be more consistent and probably more aggressive. I thought there was pressure (against the Redblacks) when there wasn’t at times. It was a good experience, a great learning experience for me.”

Thursday’s rain and the Willy injury — however significant it might be — hammered home the harsh turn the Argos’ season has taken. At the end of July, they were 4-2, working out under a scorching hot sun, in excellent position in the East Division. With Ricky Ray suffering two serious injuries, they’ve gone 1-6 over the last two months and now sit third in the East, at risk of being bumped out of the playoffs thanks to the strong possibility of a West Division crossover.

Sunday’s game against the 3-9 Montreal is the Argos’ final one against an East opponent. It only gets more difficult from there. In their final four games, they’ll see 11-1-1 Calgary twice and will catch a Saskatchewan team that has won two in a row (but is still 3-10). They wrap up the schedule on Nov. 5 in Edmonton, where it’s possible that the winner of that game would get the final playoff spot in the East.

“We know it’s not going to be easy,” Milanovich said. “We have to start somewhere to get on a bit of a roll and string together a few wins and get in. I think this (week) is huge, as far as just starting to get the ball rolling in the right direction.”

Chris O'Leary

Chris O'Leary

Chris O'Leary has covered the CFL for nearly a decade and is a currently on the Argos beat for the Toronto Star. He likes plaid shirts and Air Jordans and is, therefore, a paradox.
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7 Comments on Argos QB Drew Willy hurt in practice, status uncertain

  1. Dan Bombers // September 29, 2016 at 7:51 pm //

    What else is new guys injury prone

    • Paul Bomber // September 29, 2016 at 10:59 pm //

      Yes and no… don’t forget that when he played here, the offensive line was just a rumour. He took a ton of abuse before he finally went down.
      Too bad … I actually like Lefevour & Willy, but I think Lefevour has a little more upside with his mobility.

  2. Strikes me as dumb to have Willy start in Montreal anyway, he’s still learning the playbook and getting to know receivers. And we know that the Als are going to blitz Willy to intimidate him early. LeFevour should be the starter, he’s more seasoned with everything Argos, he can take the blitz heat, he’s got excellent mobility, and has something to prove. No brainer except for the no brainers running the Argos.

  3. Willy has missed as many games as Ray the past 2 years.
    If we needed a QB to ride the DL, we already have Ray for that.
    This was a bad pickup.

  4. This is disappointing, he can’t even survive a few days of practice with his new team. However, even with Willy in the lineup, it was always going to be a small to no chance they win the majority of their last 5 games.

  5. It will be interesting to see what happens to Dan LeFevour this off-season. He’s a starting QB in this league for sure and I would have to think that Montreal would make a push for him or if the Riders deal Durant then they make a move for him. Sadly the Argos will never part ways with Ray and they will have the same issues next season.

    • LeFevour would certainly compliment our two young, mobile pivots…especially if Chapdelaine’s intention is to move our playbook in the direction of using Cato’s (Adams’) mobility as a weapon.

      From what I hear, Durant’s contract is around 400K
      Not sure how prudent it is to pay that much for a backup and mentor with a propensity for getting hurt and spending the season on the sidelines.

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