MONTREAL – The Montreal Alouettes confirmed yesterday what many anticipated that quarterback Anthony Calvillo will not dress against the BC Lions Thursday night.
Calvillo left the Week 8 clash after taking a hit from defensive end Ricky Foley. He'd completed four of eight passes for 85 yards at the time of his injury.
As a result, the Als also confirmed that Josh Neiswander will get the start under centre in Week 9. Neiswander stepped in for Calvillo last week against the Roughriders.
"I've got a headache, I felt it right when I got hit and from there it hasn't gone away so they just kept me away from the game," Calvillo said after the game, adding that he didn't remember being hit but didn't think the impact with the ground was what caused his injury.
"I'm assuming that it is (a concussion)."
Neiswander finished the game 12 of 30 for 147 with 2 interceptions and no touchdowns.
The Alouettes also stated that newly re-acquired DE Anwar Stewart will make his 2013 debut against BC.
Presently Montreal has 12 players on the nine-game injured list and running backs Brandon Whitaker (separated shoulder) and Noel Devine (ankle sprain) both didn't play in Regina. Popp isn't optimistic either will suit up Thursday considering the Alouettes won't play again until Sept. 3 in Toronto and both could use the extra time to heal up.
"Listen, we've had that kind of year, we've had a lot of injuries,'' GM and head coach Jim Popp told the Canadian Press yesterday. ``You don't always have that, you're very fortunate some years not to have as many injuries as others but I still believe we can win any game we go into.
"Yeah, we're missing very key people but we won't make that an excuse.''