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MONTREAL -- Neither Anthony Calvillo or Ricky Ray will be on the field when the Montreal Alouettes visit the Toronto Argonauts.

Calvillo is still having vision trouble and headaches from a hit during an Aug. 17 contest in Regina and will sit out the team's next game, coach and general manager Jim Popp said Friday.

He will miss the game Tuesday in Toronto and there was no word on whether he will be ready for a return match five days later in Montreal.

Ray is out for a few weeks with a shoulder injury.

RG3 saga continues

WASHINGTON -- So much for perfect harmony. Even on a night when the news is good, Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan can't sing the same song.

Minutes after the Washington Redskins quarterback tweeted to the world that he was "Cleared for Takeoff" in his return from major knee surgery, the coach kept him sitting on the runway for a least a few more days, declining to name Griffin as the Week 1 starter.

There is agreement on one very important matter. On Thursday night, when the Redskins were in Florida to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Griffin was cleared to play after being examined yet again by Dr. James Andrews, a remarkable development that comes less than eight months after he repaired Griffin's right knee in January.

You do the math

NEW YORK -- The hundreds of millions of dollars the NFL is ready to pay former players sounds great, until you stretch it out over 20 years and divide it among thousands of people.

Which is why some former players and others think the league is getting off cheap in its tentative settlement with victims of concussion-related brain injuries.

The deal announced Thursday to settle 4,500 or so claims is awaiting approval by a federal judge in Philadelphia.

"$765 million?" asked former Minnesota Viking Brent Boyd, one of the original plaintiffs in the lawsuit. "The breakdown is $1.2 million over 20 years per team. What is that, a third of the average salary? There is no penalty there. It's pocket change."

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 31, 2013 C9

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