MONTREAL - Anthony Calvillo will be ready to start for the Montreal Alouettes on Friday night in Hamilton, and as a bonus he's bringing Kerry Watkins and Josh Bourke back to the lineup with him.
Calvillo practised with his teammates Wednesday and showed no ill effects from the right eye injury that knocked him out of Sunday's 27-24 loss to Saskatchewan. Both he and head coach Marc Trestman pronounced the CFL's all-time touchdown pass leader fit to face the Tiger-Cats.
"His eye has cleared up so he'll be starting," Trestman said.
Calvillo left Sunday's game in the second quarter while suffering blurred vision in his right eye after he was hit by Roughriders defensive tackle Dario Romero.
"Yes, right now everything's good to go," said Calvillo, who overtook Damon Allen with his 395th touchdown pass on July 15 against Toronto. "The vision has not given me an issue in the last 24 hours. I was able to go out there and make all the reads and do the things necessary to compete."
The news just kept getting better for the Alouettes as Trestman confirmed that both Watkins and Bourke would also play Friday.
He said Watkins had just been cleared the day before to return from sinus surgery to remove his adenoids.
"We're going to ease him into our offence and see where he is during the course of the game," Trestman said.
The two-time CFL all-star wide receiver sounded more likely to step on the gas than ride the brake.
"I don't know what that means," Watkins said. "All I know is when I'm out there, I'm out there. I don't plan on coming out."
Bourke, an offensive lineman, missed Sunday's game with a knee injury, which he suffered in Montreal's 40-17 win over the Argonauts.
Defensive back Dwight Anderson was fined Wednesday by the CFL as a result of his unecessary roughness penalty on Saskatchewan's Weston Dressler.
"I can see where they thought I poked him in the eye intentionally, but it was never intentional," Anderson said.
That incident was the latest involving the Alouettes to draw comment on Twitter from Tiger-Cats running back Avon Cobourne, who has fired numerous shots at his former team since leaving the two-time Grey Cup champions to sign with Hamilton.
"That ain't my field," Anderson said. "I don't like playing on the computer and all that. He can have that and I'll speak on the field with my pads."
Defensive end John Bowman expects that Cobourne will have plenty to say when they line up opposite each other on Friday night.
"I'm pretty sure he will," Bowman said. "I mean, he's always been a talker, even when he was here that was his thing in the locker-room. We're not going to take too much into what he says because we know that it's not personal. He does it against every team. I remember when he used to play for us he would do it against Hamilton.