MONTREAL - Scott Milanovich stated that a full diagnosis on Ricky Ray isn't known yet but the team is 'looking at him as day to day' after the starting quarterback left Sunday's contest in the first quarter with a knee injury and didn't return.
The Argos head into a their next contest in Winnipeg on Saturday not knowing if Ray or backup Jarious Jackson will be under centre.
Milanovich said tests will be needed to determine the extent of the knee injury Ray suffered near the end of the first quarter that caused him to leave the game. Ray had just completed a pass when a teammate rolled into him on what Milanovich called an "innocent'' play.
"His knee's a little banged up and right now, we're looking at him as day to day,'' Milanovich said. "It's a short week.
"We're going to do what's right for Ricky in the long term. We'll be smart about it. If Ricky's back and able to go then we'll go with him. At this point, I don't have a lot of answers.''
Jackson made some fine passes in relief, but was unable to get to the end zone. The veteran completed 15 passes for 198 yards and was picked off once.
Toronto went into Montreal looking to tie the Alouettes for the division lead and clinch the season series between the teams, but it was all Alouettes from an opening drive that saw Anderson score on a 40-yard pass and run.
Jackson said he was disappointed in not getting the win, but he hopes for a better game if he starts again on Friday.
"I'll get reps in practice now,'' he said. "These are my first reps since training camp.
"We're not expecting anything to change. We lost Ricky Ray, who is our field general and we're all saddened by that, but on the flip side, everyone on the team has to pick up the slack.''
Milanovich liked what he saw from Jackson.
"He hasn't had any true reps in 11 weeks, so for a gameplan that wasn't built around him, he looked like the veteran we hoped he would be,'' he said. "If he's the guy in the future, we'll build it around him, but I thought he looked fine.''
Toronto's Chad Owens caught six balls for 87 yards and passed 1,000-yard mark in receptions for the first time in his career. He is the first Argo to top 1,000 receiving yards since Arland Bruce in 2008. He now has a career-high 73 catches for the campaign.
- With files from The Canadian Press