Toronto Argonauts’ OL Dylan Giffen a game-time decision vs. Alouettes

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The Toronto Argonauts will continue their push for an undefeated run on Friday against the Montreal Alouettes with a virtually unchanged roster coming off a bye.

Offensively, the lone adjustment comes along the offensive line, where Darius Ciraco returns to his centre spot after serving in a backup capacity last week and Peter Nicastro has bumped back out to right guard.

Dylan Giffen, who appeared to have seized that role with a stellar performance in Week 3, is listed as a backup and a game-time decision with a chest injury. The former third-round pick from Western University exited the team’s Week 4 victory over the B.C. Lions early and was unable to practice on Monday of this week, serving as a limited participant the rest of the way.

Toronto’s offensive line has been firing on all cylinders this cylinder, helping the team average a league-leading 136.7 rushing yards per game with power backs A.J. Ouellette and Andrew Harris. The team has added nine rushing touchdowns — five more than any other team — despite playing just three games and have allowed only four sacks.

Defensively, the only tweak sees 21-year-old rookie Qwan’tez Stiggers seize the starting role at field-side cornerback, while Tarvarus McFadden drops into a backup role. McFadden has started 20 games for the Argos and has recorded 47 defensive tackles and three interceptions. Stiggers has dressed for two games this season, notching six tackles and two interceptions.

Defensive linemen Jared Brinkman and Brandon Barlow remain healthy scratches for a second game in a row, while linebacker Jordan Williams (knee), offensive tackle Isiah Cage (thigh), and defensive back Eric Sutton (knee) stay on the one-game injured list.

The Argos (3-0) are scheduled to visit the Alouettes (2-2) on Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. They are currently point favourites.

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