Cato to start and other Al's news...

From TSN...

MONTREAL — Four key pieces will be missing from the Montreal Alouettes attack when they play host to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday night at Percival Molson Stadium.

Quarterback Kevin Glenn missed practice all week with an inflamed eye, so sophomore Rakeem Cato will get his first start of the season for the 1-1 Alouettes.

Star slotback S.J. Green is gone for the season after tearing up a knee in a loss two weeks ago against Ottawa. In the same game, running back Tyrell Sutton and receiver Kenny Stafford were injured.

The only positive news was that receiver Duran Carter, who was suspended one game for bumping Ottawa coach Rick Campbell, looks likely to play while his punishment is under appeal, a process that could take a month.

"I just have to be prepared to play," said Cato, who started eight games in a row in one stretch as a rookie before Glenn was acquired from Saskatchewan in a late-season trade.

Cato went in for three plays against Ottawa when Glenn took a knock and looked to be moving the offence nicely.

"It helped a lot just getting my feet wet, running around with the guys," he said. "Any time you get one rep or 20 as a quarterback it helps."

Backup Brandon Rutley takes over as running back, while B.J. Cunningham and newcomer Corbin Louks move in at slotback and receiver respectively, joining veterans Carter, Nik Lewis and Sam Giguere in the receiving group.

Carter feels the offence can get the job done.

"Cato's more of a risk taker," he said. "He likes to throw the ball out there, so it will be interesting.

"Me, Cunningham, Louks and Giguere are all experienced receivers whether it's in the CFL or NFL and we have a lot of trust in our guys, so we should be OK."

Carter suffered a hard hit to the head on the touchdown catch that preceded the incident with Campbell. He turned up this week with headaches that coach Jim Popp said were not from a concussion. Carter said he feels fine and is fit to play.

"As far as a concussion and all that, I'll leave that to the lawyers in the appeal and all that," he said. "I've had a few bad headaches.

"They seemed to subside as the week went through. That's all I can say. I feel really good and hopefully I'll feel great (on Friday)."

Popp said Glenn may dress in place of third-stringer Brandon Bridge, but likely would only play if the two quarterbacks ahead of him, Cato and Vernon Adams, get hurt.

Veteran offensive tackle Jeff Perrett said it makes little difference to the blocking if Glenn or Cato is behind centre, although he joked that dealing with Cato's somewhat slurry speech can be a challenge.

"Other than trying to understand him in the huddle — it might take a little longer sometimes for that — but it's all pretty good," said Perrett. "I think he's comfortable now with this offence and he had a good week of practice.

"We're coming off the bye week, which gave us a little extra time. Which we probably needed."

Hamilton (1-2) is hungry after two straight losses, including a 28-24 defeat at Winnipeg least week that saw the Ticats turn over the ball six times.

Hamilton has been without starting quarterback Zach Collaros since the start of the season but, while he has returned to the roster, he won't play this week. Jeremiah Masoli has looked mostly solid in his place so far, apart from throwing four interceptions.

And the Ticats still have ace returner Brandon Banks, who ran back a missed field goal for a touchdown against the Blue Bombers.

Very interesting...honestly kind of mad, this is the Alouettes bread and butter against us, insert back up and watch him shine. The offence looked smooth under Cato couple weeks ago for the minimal time he was in...but I think the biggest loss is no Sutton, that man is a train who likely would have ripped the Cats up Friday night.

Honestly have NO idea who is going to win this game. but looking at our history in Montreal can't say I am very confident.

I think you are correct Smogmonster...Carter did it, and should take his lumps, no matter if I think the Coach faked it as well.

Cato's not a bad QB, so I'm a little chilled by that prospect. Any RB that you are paying and training should be good enough to play on first string, especially after a layoff, where you can polish him up.

Not having SJ or Stafford is going to sting a bit, because we haven't the book on their replacements.

Their O-Line is intact, and we'll be placing our weak link (Offence) against their first string defence in their stadium, that will probably be packed, and we need to be on our game-no fumbles or IC's, please!

The Ticats won the last time that they played in Montreal and Matthews was the starter! I think that they have a good chance to come away with the win IF they limit mistakes and penalties.

All depends what TiCat team shows up. :roll:

I don't think fans of either team have reason to be confident tonight. Hopeful, maybe, but not confident. We'll see how it goes. Cato doesn't have Glenn's experience, obviously, but he throws a tighter spiral, he can attack every corner of the field, including the deep ball, and he has some scrambling capability. Should be an interesting game.

If they can't beat Montreal, they can't beat anyone. Even with Glenn, the offence was non-existent. Worst in the league in most categories. Now without SJ Green they'll be even worse.

An Argo-Cat fan

Pssst...we beat them 31-7. Hope I made your day. :cowboy:

I think it did as Barney is a Ticat fan and not an All Wets fan. :wink:

I think a key to a successful season is to beat the teams you should beat, or are supposed to beat. In the past, that has been our failing. Kent Austin has turned that around. Not always, but usually. Catch a team, like Montreal, when they are down, and beat them. Doesn't have to be pretty, but it has to be a win. Ti-Cats did it, and more power to them.

Nobody was whining when Zach went down and turned a sure thing season into a almost season. When the rest of the league starts to feel sorry for us, then maybe, and it is a maybe, we can return the favour. In the meantime, I am happy with the win, and congrats to the individual players like Speedy B and Adrian Tracy who came up big. Next stop Edmonton, and I am hoping we keep the streak alive!

Oskee Wee Wee