Argos QB Ricky Ray progressing in healing from neck injury

Toronto Argonauts Ricky Ray is making strides in his recovery from a scary injury that happened in Week 2.

During the third quarter of the Argos home opener, Ray was chased down from behind by Stamps defensive lineman Ja’Gared Davis, tackled and made contact with Cordarro Law as well, immediately reaching for his helmet. Ray laid on the turf for over 10 minutes as medical personnel isolated his neck, put him on a board and loaded him onto a cart. He spent two nights at Toronto Western Hospital undergoing tests and left on Monday with a brace on his neck.

“Ricky’s doing absolutely the best he probably could be doing. He’s at the facility every day, he lifts weights, he rides the bike, he does things he’s able to do. He’s resting, he’s got a neck injury that takes time to rest and heal and as we’re going through this time right now there is no measure of what that time is, could he return this year? Now that’s going to be upon Ricky, but he’s projected to be healed and cleared to be able to come back if he chooses to come back,” Popp told TSN radio in Toronto.

“But at this time he’s not making those decisions, he’s waiting to see how it goes. He’s a very positive influence in the room, he meets with the quarterbacks and he’s in all team meetings and he’s at the stadium every ball game, he’s just not in the public’s eye.”

The 38-year-old has thrown for 60,736 yards and 324 touchdowns in his 16-year CFL career and won a record four Grey Cup championships as a starting quarterback.

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