EDITOR’S NOTE: Since the story broke, the Toronto Argos have not verified the reports. CFL.ca has since removed the story. We will update when we learn more info.
The Toronto Argonauts playoff hopes have been dealt a major blow. Reports from Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette is that the Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray is injured, and will miss the rest of the season.
Hearing Toronto QB Ricky Ray's out rest of the season with a punctured lung.
— Herb Zurkowsky (@HerbZurkowsky1) September 8, 2016
Ricky Ray Injured, Out for Season: Reports
Ray has suffered multiple injuries the past several seasons, and now a Ricky Ray injured puts the Argos playoff hopes in jeopardy. Ray hasn’t played a full season since 2011 when he was a member of the Edmonton Eskimos. Since joining Toronto, the most games Ray has played is 17 in 2014, one game off a full season. In 2015 and 2016 combined he will only have 16 games played total.
Ray seemed to favour his rib cage after a John Chick sack on Labour Day in their loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Ray struggled a bit in the beginning of the year but has heated up with 1,834 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions this season.
With Ray out many reports now are saying Dan LeFevour will start Sunday’s rematch against the Ticats, this time at home at BMO Field. After missing last season to due an injury while playing for the Montreal Alouettes, Lefevour was signed in early August after he was cut by the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Argos will now need to decide on if LeFevour and Kilgore are good enough, or if they need to look elsewhere. There are many quarterback names out there including Drew Willy, Drew Tate, Travis Lulay, James Franklin and Kevin Glenn.
Another interesting name is Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Henry Burris. Burris is currently the backup in Ottawa and clearly wants to start, and could help the Argos team make the playoffs.
The Argonauts have yet to confirm or deny the reports that Ray is out for the season. The Argos are currently 4-6 sitting 3rd in the East.