will not play in the season finale against the Ti-Cats on Thursday night. The Argos clinched the second seed in the East Division with their win over Saskatchewan on Saturday. They cannot move up or down, so they could use this week's game against the Ti-Cats to rest up for the Semi-Final game they will host on November 11th.
The Ti-Cats need to win on Thursday to even have a chance at the playoffs, and the Argos playing without Ray ups their chances considerably. Of course, we are talking about the Ti-Cats, so nothing is guaranteed. This has the same feel as when Hamilton hosted the Alouettes back in 2010 with Anthony Calvillo sitting because of injury. The thought was that the Cats could take the Als because they were playing their backup, Adrian McPherson. They lost 27-6 and McPherson had a career day. (Interestingly, that was the last time the Als won a game in Hamilton.)
So while that 2010 game pauses me from trumpeting this news as great, I do feel a little better about the team's chances knowing that Ray won't be under centre on Thursday night.