Canadian running back Andrew Harris returns to Argos’ practice ahead of East Final

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Toronto Argonauts running back Andrew Harris has returned to practice in the lead-up to next weekend’s East Final.

Harris has been missing from the Argos lineup since suffering a torn pectoral muscle in the team’s Week 10 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The injury, which required surgery, was described at the time as season-ending, though it appears that the speed of Harris’ recovery has opened the door to a playoff return.

In his first season with Toronto, Harris started eight games and recorded 114 carries for 490 yards along with 23 receptions for 180 yards. He was the CFL’s third-leading rusher at the time of his injury, though his 4.3-yard per carry average was the lowest of his career.

A sure-fire future Hall of Famer after stints in B.C. and Winnipeg, Harris managed to achieve several career milestones early in the 2022 season. The 35-year-old recently became the first Canadian player ever to reach the 10,000-yard career rushing mark and surpassed Milt Stegall for fourth all-time in yards from scrimmage.

In Harris’ absence, Toronto has turned to American A.J. Ouellette in the backfield. The University of Ohio product has carried the ball 98 times for 516 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games while catching 38 passes for 350 yards and another score on his way the being named an East Division All-Star.

The Argos are scheduled to host the East Final at BMO Field on Sunday, November 13 against the winner of the Semi-Final clash between the Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes. They will have until then to determine their best course of action at running back.