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Collaros Leaves Game After Willis Hit Staff

EDMONTON – Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Zach Collaros left Friday night’s game in Edmonton and did not return.

With 8:07 remaining in the first half, Collaros rolled right out of the pocket and looked down field for wide receiver Brandon Banks.  The Cincinnati grad absorbed a hit from Eskimos defensive end Odell Willis and was down for several minutes before being walking off under his own power.

Backup Jeremiah Masoli entered the game to take over the Hamilton offence.

Before exiting, Collaros was good on 5 of 8 passes for 53 yards and one interception.

Collaros was acquired by Hamilton in the off-season and promptly named the team’s starter before training camp began.

More to come...

Fan Comments
Completely agree that it's a clean hit. Devastating hit, but clean. It's not like he wrapped his arm around his head and drilled his opponent head first into the ground.
Defenders will have to begin removing their heads from their shoulders to make a hit if this is an illegal hit. Collaros sacrificed his body to make a play. He was running towards the LoS and could clearly see Willis coming up. He decided not to protect himself and try to make a play. The replay makes it look as if the shoulders hit first, and the contact with the helmet is secondary. But at those speeds Willis hitting Collaros anywhere would have been a devastating hit.
July 06, 2014 - 10:02pm
The CFL rule book states that the, “initial source of contact, or primary source of contact”, is by the defender’s helmet and/or is above the shoulders it would be consider Unnecessary Roughness and/or Roughing The Passer. Furthermore, Rough Play of this nature may result in a potential disqualification. However, the hit was shoulder to shoulder first with the follow through making secondary contact of the helmet of Willis to the QB’s head. Thus, no infraction and no disqualification and just a good hard and clean hit, by the rules.
July 06, 2014 - 2:34pm
Stop the video at 00:28. It's perfectly clear that Willis is leading with his helmet and aiming high. The shoulder is simply follow through. If he wanted a clean hit, he could have wrapped up Collaros and brought him down hard ... like Jamal Johnson's sack on Buck Pierce. Or he could have led with his chest rather than his head, or got his hands up to block the pass. He did did none of that. It's a cheap shot on a vulnerable quarterback, pure and simple. Collaros chose to pass rather than duck the tackle, so yes, it's a tough game and even he knew something was coming. But Willis' decision to go helmet-to-helmet is just intent to injure. The league has to sort this out.
July 06, 2014 - 1:27pm
@HA1912GC ... the imbedded video in this story shows shoulder to shoulder contact first from both camera angles. What you are seeing is Willis dropping down to make shoulder to shoulder contact and Collaros jumping and leaning to make the throw. Willis is the taller player and needs to lean down and in, Collaros pushes off his back foot to get more on the ball and throw around Willis. There is no doubt the shoulders make contact first. This was NOT a helmet to helmet contact and any claim that it was is false, the secondary contact was Helmet to chin due to height and angle change by the two players and as such there was no premeditation. The CFL understands that this is a collision sport played at high speeds and secondary contact can happen causing injury, but too many variables contribute such as the angle at which the bodies collide. Hence, the call on the field and no reversal or supplementary discipline by the League nor will there be.
July 06, 2014 - 9:39pm
Clean hit, it's a tough game.
July 05, 2014 - 6:19pm
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@H123: finally someone who got it 100% absolutely correct!!
July 06, 2014 - 12:18pm
A dirty hit by a proven cheap shpt artist! A fine at least!
July 05, 2014 - 12:23pm
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@R&R: you do yourself a major dis-service!! it wasn't a cheap shot when it's shoulder to shoulder!!
July 05, 2014 - 4:24pm
@ar - I did't call the play dirty but any hit above the neck IS illegal so a penalty should have been called. Imagine if AC (when he was playing) had taken a hit like that (or any other Als player) and you would be calling for blood!
July 05, 2014 - 11:55am
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@TFmcb: who said you said the play was "DIRTY"?!! there wasn't a hit above the neck it was shoulder to shoulder!! NO illegal or dirty play here TFmcb!! a few years ago at commonwealth AC was hit in the helmet/facemask by an edmonton DL and you saw nothing wrong!! so why is this so different now for you?!! oh yeah a hamilton player is involved!!
July 05, 2014 - 3:18pm
I am not a Tigercat fan, but the hit was high and there should have been a penalty. If the league is serious about safety, they should have reviews on those types of hits so they get the call right.
July 05, 2014 - 8:35am
Willis lead with his shoulder into Collaros chest, their helmets scrapped as a byproduct of the hit, it is completely legal. And yea, lets SLOW DOWN the game even more by reviewing questionable hits. Get over yourself.
July 05, 2014 - 2:37pm
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@ER: finally a man of reason with correct eyes to judge the hit properly!!
July 05, 2014 - 2:59pm
That is the THIRD player on the team who has taken a head shot (Lamarr and Fantuz in preseason both with concussions) and NOT ONE penalty has been called on any of them!! Get well soon Zach!
July 05, 2014 - 2:42am
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@TFmcb: it's called football!! nothing illegal or dirty on the play!! a shoulder to shoulder hit with a follow thru that's part of the game!! don't cause panic in the streets with your screaming HEAD SHOTS!!
July 05, 2014 - 10:46am
Time for a visit to your optometrist AR!! Replays from a different angle clearly showed the helmet of Willis contacting the face guard of Collaros - and that's a high hit. We saw many players get fined after last weeks' games, and Willis will be the next one. Book it.
July 05, 2014 - 12:09pm
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@Jhead: book it now for yourself at your friendly optometrist since your eyes continue to fail you!! willis' shoulder hit collaros' shoulder first as the rest don't count!!
July 05, 2014 - 4:10pm