THEY all made headlines last week, but it's back to the sidelines for backups Bo Levi Mitchell, Zach Collaros and Drew Willy.
The Toronto Argonauts and unbeaten Saskatchewan Roughriders will have starters Ricky Ray and Darian Durant back this week and veteran Kevin Glenn is available for the Calgary Stampeders. All three missed their respective teams' last games with injuries and had the benefit of a bye week to heal.
Ray returns to the Argos Thursday night in Montreal after missing their 38-12 home win over B.C. on July 30 with a knee injury. Ray will wear a brace when East Division-leading Toronto (3-2) faces the Alouettes (2-3).
On Friday night, Durant will lead the Riders (5-0) into McMahon Stadium against Calgary (4-1) in a battle for top spot in the West Division. Incumbent Drew Tate was scheduled to start for the Stampeders but the club announced Tuesday he had a setback with his injured right forearm. If Tate can't play, Glenn would start after missing Calgary's 37-24 win over Winnipeg on July 26 with a shoulder injury.
With both Tate and Glenn ailing, No. 3 Mitchell stepped in and threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns against Winnipeg. That earned Mitchell the CFL's offensive player of the week award.
Toronto headed into its bye week on a victorious note, thanks in large part to Collaros. The second-year pro was 21-of-25 passing for 253 yards and three TDs versus B.C. in his first CFL start.
Ray was the CFL passing leader prior to being hurt with 1,203 yards. He has completed 75.4 per cent of his passes with eight TDs and no interceptions.
A lingering sprained right foot forced Durant to watch Willy lead Saskatchewan past Hamilton 32-20 on July 27 in Guelph, Ont. In just his second CFL start, Willy was 14-for-25 passing for 269 yards and three TDs as the Riders remained the league's lone unbeaten club.
Durant was 74-of-107 passing (69.2 per cent) through the Riders' first four games for 1,021 yards, with a league-leading 12 TDs and no interceptions.
-- The Canadian Press