GAMEDAY PREVIEW: The Bear Returns in Montreal

By: Jerred Bapty

Friday, August 24, 2018

Kickoff: 7:30PM EDT

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MONTREAL - Toronto Argonauts Linebacker Bear Woods makes his return to the lineup tonight after his successful recovery from back surgery. Woods has missed all of the 2018 season so far, but stated to that he's in the best shape he's been in 7 years. The MacClenny, Florida native led the Argos in defensive tackles last season with 90, his first season with the Double Blue. 

Woods' return adds both size and veteran talent back to the Argonaut defensive core, something that's been lacking for the majority of this season. 

It also means that Defensive Lineman Justin Tuggle and Defensive Back Matt Black both moved to the one-game injured list. With a win tonight and the addition of these men in the coming weeks, the Argos could set themselves up to defend their 2017 Grey Cup title. 

Starting QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson looks to help that cause and go 3-0 in his rookie season. Bethel-Thompson has taken note of his team's slow starts under his arm and feels they're ready to take the next step. 'We need to build and we need to play well from the beginning,' he said to 'We can't win every game like that.'

The 'that' Bethel-Thompson is referring to would be the two major comebacks mounted by him and the Argo offence in the past two games. 

In Toronto's way of a third straight win are the lowly Montreal Alouettes. Montreal is looking for just their second win on the season and have turned to 23-year-old Quarterback Antonio Pipkin to try and get it done. Pipkin saw action against the Edmonton Eskimos last week when we went 14 for 25 with 217 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Pipkin's performance has been the best of any Montreal QB this season. 

Things to Know

A win tonight for Toronto would bring them back into a tie with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for second in the Eastern Conference. The Ticats beat the Eskimos Thursday night 25-24 with a thrilling, game-winning field goal to end the game. 

The Arogs are 1-0 against Eastern opponents in 2018. They beat the Ottawa Redblacks 42-41 in week 8.

Montreal's hoped-to-be saviour Johnny Manziel remains in concussion protocol and will not be dressed for tonight's game. 

Alouettes Running Back Tyrell Sutton was put on the injured list this week. RBs William Stanback and Ryder Stone will share the duties in Sutton's place. 

The Als also released Canadian Offensive Lineman Landon Rice, who had been acquired from Hamilton in the Manziel trade. 

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