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Argos coach Milanovich says threats against Stampeders’ Hughes unwarranted

Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray, left, is injured on a tackle by Calgary Stampeders defensive linemen Charleston Hughes, right, during first half CFL football action in Toronto on August 23, 2013. It drew the ire of some football fans but Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich has no problem with the hit that's sidelined star quarterback Ray for approximately six weeks.

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It drew the ire of some football fans but Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich has no problem with the hit that's sidelined star quarterback Ricky Ray for approximately six weeks.

Ray injured his right shoulder in the first quarter of Toronto's 35-14 home loss to Calgary on Friday night. After throwing an incompletion on the run, Ray put his right arm to brace his fall after taking a clean hit from Stampeders' defensive lineman Charleston Hughes.

Ray left the game and didn't return.

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Afterwards, Charleston said he received multiple threatening e-mails through his personal website for the hit. On Thursday, Milanovich told reporters the nature of Ray's injury and said any threats directed at Charleston are unwarranted.

"I think it's ridiculous," he said. "It was a clean hit.

"The guy plays hard and is a good football player. I didn't think twice about that hit."

Backup Zach Collaros will start for the Argos (5-3) when they host the Montreal Alouettes (3-5) on Tuesday night.

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