Andrew Harris left his debut with the Toronto Argonauts late in the fourth quarter due to injury.
TSN’s Matthew Scianitti reported that trainers were working on Harris’ left hamstring after ruling him out for the rest of the game in Week 2 against the Montreal Alouettes.
The 35-year-old ball carrier recorded 18 carries for 87 yards and three receptions for 23 yards in a little over three-quarters of work. This was his first game as a member of the Double Blue as the team was on a bye in Week 1.
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Canadian running back Daniel Adeboboye replaced Harris and rushed three times for 10 yards. The Toronto native and Bryant University product was a second-round pick in the 2022 CFL Draft.
Toronto defeated the Als by a final score of 20-19 after Montreal kicker David Côté missed a 21-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining in the game.
After the game, head coach Ryan Dinwiddie told the media that Harris was pulled as a precautionary measure due to hamstring tightness he had battled since training camp.
“He had a tight hammy in camp, that’s why I rested him at the end,” Dinwiddie explained. “He just felt it get a little bit tight. He had a heavy workload, so at the end, we felt like if we put him out there and we lose him long-term, it wasn’t the smartest decision.”
Harris signed with the Argos as a free agent in February following a five-year stint with his hometown Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He rushed for 5,402 yards and 25 touchdowns with the blue and gold and won back-to-back Grey Cups in 2019 and 2021.
Dinwiddie praised his rookie backup Adeboboye for his performance in relief but said he expects the team’s prized offseason acquisition to be back in the lineup for their Week 3 matchup with the B.C. Lions.
“I think he’s got a good chance at it. It wasn’t a severe injury, he could have finished but we just didn’t feel like it was the right thing to do. He was smart about it as well,” the coach noted. “I’m hoping we have him back next week. If we don’t, next man’s up and we’ll find a way to go out there and hopefully get more points.”
Editor’s note: this article was updated to include the game’s final score and statistics.