They said today he was out for the remainder of the year. Tough outcome for the Winnipeg product who's evolved into one of the greatest Canadian running backs in CFL history.
Begs the question - will Andrew Harris attempt a cheap comeback in 2023, basically working at minimum CFL wage to surpass Charles Roberts for 5th all-time on the CFL rushing chart?
Or will he simply retire and try to get involved with coaching - possibly at the U of Manitoba as Brian Dobie's days appear to be numbered. Dobie is only 72 but some days he appears in his mid 90s and totally out of it.
I don't think any other CFL team wants A. Harris, aged 36/37 and breaking down like compost for $150,000 to $200,000 - his previous rate but who knows.
Working for $85,000, nabbing some records and then retiring into the sunset - - - - that might be a good ol fashioned Royal exit.
I think Harris would prefer a 10 day playing contract in order to play a couple games and pass Charles Roberts on the all-time list. . . . . . but I don't think the league would ratify such a contract. I have no problem with it actually but Harris should prepare as he usually would in the off-season, prepare for battle.
Heck, if he does well after passing Roberts he could be placed on the Bombers practice roster as a reserve.
On the other hand, he might be a total distraction at Bomber training camp or on the sidelines.
Let him pass Roberts in some form or fashion then perhaps have him take over from the old guy at Oak Park (Harris's high school) who just retired. . . . and have him be a Bomber ambassador.
I'm sure that Harris would want to gain one more milestone and is part of the reason he signed with Toronto. He's had such an outstanding career and deserves all the accolades coming his way but going out on top should be something he should consider for retiring. He's struggled to report to camp in top shape his last year with the Bombers and its only going to be more difficult at his age with the attendant wear and tear of his position. Not convinced he can mount another successful, even abbreviated, campaign to achieve his goal.
What ever path he chooses I hope he is satisfied and proud of his accomplishments.
Harris only needs about 138 yds rushing to eclipse Charles Roberts as the #5 all-time rushing leader and leading Bomber rusher of all-time.
I think if it was 38 yds you could roster the lad for 2 or 3 games under special CFL permission rules and let him chomp up the 38 yds in 5 to 10 reps.
However, with Harris's age and increasing infirmity at 37, you might need almost half the season to whelp up 139 yds to exceed Roberts. Thats way too much risk, extra rostering & coddling to be worth it.
If Harris hadn't torn his pectorals this season he would have easily exceeded Roberts (although the record is checkered because Harris accumulated it running for BC, Wpg. & Toronto) and would have had a decent shot at the next guy on list - where Harris is nearly 750 yds behind him.