While BC Lions Quarterback Casey Printers hasn’t had the hottest of starts, he’s definitely one of the leaders of this year’s team.
But so far, for both Printers and the Lions, the 2010 season has been a struggle. BC is 1-3, and the QB has thrown just two touchdown passes, two interceptions and has a 56.8% completion rate through three games. Things got worse when Printers picked up a knee injury on July 16th in a loss to the Montreal Alouettes, forcing him to sit out of the Lions visit to Toronto last week. Originally, it looked as though the knee injury wouldn’t keep Printers out of the line-up for too long.
That was until today.
A report early Wednesday suggested that the QB would be out for the season due to a torn meniscus and a partially torn ACL. However, hours after the initial report, Printers was at practice (participation lacking), shooting down the story.
Whether he’s out for the season or just for two weeks, there must be some concern for the Lions. Their star pivot’s knee trouble has been lingering. If he indeed has a meniscus / ACL problem, he’d be done for the campaign. If it’s something less, perhaps arthroscopic surgery could clean things up and Printers could return within a month.
Lions Coach and General Manager Wally Buono has dismissed the end-of-season-injury talk. He expects Printers to travel and dress as the third-string quarterback when the Lions visit the winless Edmonton Eskimos on Friday night.
If Printers is done, back-up Travis Lulay would get the ball.
Lulay lost a heartbreaker in his first CFL start last Friday, throwing a late interception to Byron Parker who returned it for a touchdown in a Toronto 24-20 comeback win.
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