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Andrew Harris Returns To Argos Practice As Team Prepares For The East Final

Andrew Harris is back practicing with the Argos today, returning after what initially appeared to be a season-ending pec injury that required surgery back in August. Doctors have given the future first-ballot CFL Hall Of Famer a clean bill of health and the go-ahead to resume football activities.

After having several days off to start the week, the 11-7 Toronto Argonauts, who are on a playoff bye, are practicing at Centennial Stadium for the next two days as Toronto prepares to host the East Final on Sunday, November 13th at BMO Field. The Boatmen will face the winner of this Sunday’s Eastern Semi-Final between the Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Argos get Andrew Harris back for critical East Final.

The possibility of Andrew Harris returning to action for the Argonauts has been known for quite some time. Harris has played the role of mentor/coach since he went down to injury back in August. He has been at every practice, meeting, and traveling with the team for every game, coaching up players from the sideline.

In Andrew’s absence, The Argos have watched RB AJ Ouellette come into his own. Undoubtedly, Harris, one of the league’s greatest running backs, has helped AJ during his ascent.

Ouellette, who was named the East All-Star at RB earlier this week, has accumulated 866 yards while scoring three touchdowns this season. During Andrew Harris’s absence from the lineup, he has done a phenomenal job as a runner, receiver, and pass blocker. A fantastic story considering that he was briefly released earlier this year.

The Argos will have a great tandem at running back for the East Final. How will Ryan Dinwiddie and his offensive staff decide to deploy Harris and Ouellette in their game plan?

Toronto signed Andrew Harris in the offseason because of his leadership and propensity to perform at the highest level in big games. And there’s no bigger game right now for Double Blue than the upcoming East Final. The team is one victory away from going to the Grey Cup.

There are always concerns about a player’s effectiveness coming off a long layoff. But because Andrew Harris’s injury was to his upper body. There’s less of a concern about his wheels. However, conditioning and a reaggravation will be things to monitor. There’s no question that Harris is highly motivated to help his team win a championship.

At 35 years old, this could be his final swan song and shot to win another Grey Cup.


TORONTO – Toronto Argonauts star running back Andrew Harris returns to practice today after missing the last ten games due to an upper-body injury. Harris, the league’s all-time leading rusher by a Canadian running back, was injured during an August 12th game vs. Hamilton and subsequently placed on the six-game injured list and missed the rest of the regular season. In his first season with the Argos, the six-time Division All-Star ran the ball 114 times for 490 yards while hauling in 23 catches for 180 yards.

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