Argonauts’ RB Andrew Harris listed as starter vs. Blue Bombers despite ankle injury

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Toronto Argonauts’ running back Andrew Harris appears ready to go for Monday’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The 35-year-old was limited in practice all week due to an ankle injury but has been listed as the starter on Toronto’s depth chart. Harris has started both of the club’s games this season but left their Week 1 victory over the Montreal Alouettes late due to an ankle injury.

Harris has recorded 25 carries for 114 yards this season, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. He has also caught five passes for 42 yards.

The five-foot-ten, 216-pound ball carrier signed with the Argos as a free agent in February after a six-year run with his hometown Blue Bombers. He recorded almost 8,000 yards from scrimmage with Winnipeg — 5,402 rushing and 2,584 receiving — and scored 35 touchdowns, earning three CFL all-star selections and four West Division all-star selections.

The veteran ball carrier was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian in 2017 and became the first player in league history to be named both the Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Canadian in 2019.

Harris claimed he had very little discussion with Winnipeg regarding a possible contract extension in February until the club presented him with a “disrespectful” offer late in the process. His contract with Toronto includes a $40,000 signing bonus and made him the league’s highest-paid running back, paying him approximately $165,000 in hard money.

Monday’s game is the only regular season meeting between Harris and his former club as the Argos are not scheduled to visit IG Field this season. There is still a chance the two teams could meet during the postseason, though it would have to be in the Grey Cup barring a crossover.

The contest is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET on Monday at BMO Field in Toronto.