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MONTREAL -- Injuries are mounting for the Montreal Alouettes, with receiver Brandon London and running back Victor Anderson the latest to join the list.

Head Coach Marc Trestman said Tuesday that London has will have surgery to repair an injured meniscus in a knee suffered in a 24-12 win at Toronto on Sunday. He expects the lanky receiver to be out of action for four-to-six weeks.

Anderson suffered a concussion and will sit out a game Saturday at Saskatchewan.

The offence was already missing its leading receiver S.J. Green, who may be ready to return next week, and running back Brandon Whitaker, who is gone for the season with a knee injury. They are also missing kick returner Trent Guy with a concussion.

The good news for Trestman was that linebacker Marc-Olivier Brouillette will be able to play, although he'll be wearing a cast on a fractured wrist. And receiver Eric Deslauriers, who had sore ribs, is also ready.

The fifth-year coach is down to two healthy regular receivers, Jamel Richardson and Brian Bratton, and is using third-string running back Chris Jennings. But he isn't overly concerned.

"It's exciting and challenging,'' he said. ''It's part of football.

"We look at it as a glass half full even though we've got a lot of guys down. So does everybody else. We're excited to put a game plan together that gets the best out of all our guys.''

He said Noel Devine, who played two games earlier this season, will likely dress as a running back and to help with kick returns, and Lavisier Tuinei will come off the practice roster to play receiver. They also have Bo Bowling on hand as a receiver and a returner.

Jennings, a big, power back, was impressive after Anderson was hurt in Toronto, carrying 10 times for 86 yards.

The Alouettes defence was key to the win in Toronto, led by linebacker Shea Emry who was named both top defensive player and best Canadian for the week by the CFL. Emry returned an interception 46 yards for Montreal's first defensive touchdown of the season.

The team has already secured a home playoff date and can clinch first place in the East Division with one more win in its final three regular-season games.

The Alouettes don't want to repeat their late-season slide last year, when they lost their last three games to finish second to Winnipeg at 10-8.

"Finishing seasons is tough,'' said Trestman. ''The weather changes, everyone's edge is higher, everyone's fighting for positions.

"I don't know how this will unfold. We'll do our best to play hard every week.''

Fan Comments
GoTi-Cats
Hey TFmcb, c'mon man, I don't hear any complaining from Trestman about injuries. Besides, let's be fair here, it isn't just the sheer number of injured players a team has, it's who they are, how important they are to the team's play, and how good the backups turn out to be. And ar, it isn't just injuries that have caused the Als to lose games. Sometimes, they are just outplayed.
October 17, 2012 - 12:28am
tabbiefanmcb
No Trestman isn't complaining but note the headline above! If you want to look at how injuries have impacted a team and it's play you have to look no further than our Ticats who have had at least half of the LBs injured at one time or another this season, Knowlton's absence for so many games being a prime example. I do agree that Als have lost games due to play and not just injury but that wasn't my point - just that almost everyone has lots of injuries and it really isn't newsworthy!
October 17, 2012 - 9:41am
 
tabbiefanmcb
Als whining about injuries when only two teams have fewer injuries than they have - BC and Toronto! The remaining 5 teams have any where from 3 to 7 more injured players but no one else is complaining about it!
October 16, 2012 - 9:51pm
 
als rule
congrats shea!! that time of year players out and players in!! last year it was defensive players for the als that were dropping like flies and now it's offensive players going down!! hope no repeat of last season's ending!! last 3 games blew 1st place last season and lost to the cats in the e/semi at home!! devine returns BUT showed nothing earlier this season and who's this tuinei? never mind GO ALS GO!!
October 16, 2012 - 6:58pm