VANCOUVER -- Mike Reilly is set to make his CFL debut as a starting quarterback on Friday night against the visiting Eskimos, as usual starter Travis Lulay has been ruled out after being a game-time decision.
Lulay underwent an MRI on his sore shoulder on Thursday, the results of which forced the Lions to give him the week off.
The 27-year-old Reilly is in his third season with the Lions, and moved up to second on the depth chart this season after Jarious Jackson signed with Toronto in the off-season.
For his career as a four-year starter, he completed 64 per cent of his passes for 12,448 yards and 118 touchdowns, with only 40 interceptions.
The six-foot-three, 215-pound gunslinger has served mostly as the team's short-yardage quarterback this season with 20 carries for 37 yards and two touchdowns, and in limited action has completed eight of 13 passes for 44 yards and one interception.
He turned heads in pre-season though in a 44-10 win over the Roughriders, going 16-24 for 189 yards and three touchdowns.
While the Lions became the first team in the league to lock up a playoff spot, a win on Friday night would clinch top spot in the West Division.