September 9, 2017

Report: Lions expect Lulay’s injury to be season-ending

Jimmy Jeong/CFL.ca

VANCOUVER — The BC Lions are preparing for the worst.

The day after Travis Lulay exited the Lions’ 41-18 win over the Montreal Alouettes with a right knee injury, reports have surfaced that the team is expecting its quarterback to miss the remainder of the 2017 season.

TSN‘s Farhan Lalji reported Saturday that Lulay’s injury is believed to be an ACL tear with possible MCL and cartilage damage — although the club is waiting for an MRI to confirm.

If true, the extent of the injury would require season-ending surgery.

Lulay was making his first start since Week 7 when he was injured on a tackle by Montreal veteran John Bowman on the first possession of Friday night’s game.

Backup quarterback Jonathon Jennings threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns on 22-of-29 passing in Lulay’s place, leading the Lions to a one-sided win to end a three-game losing streak.

TSN’s Lee Jones reported from the sideline during the broadcast that Lulay’s right knee was in an air cast with a tight bandage; the team later confirmed that Lulay had suffered a knee injury and would not return.

It’s a tough break both for Lulay and the Lions. The former had just reclaimed the starting quarterback job from Jennings after overcoming a series of injuries and then serving as a backup in 2016.

The Lions, who moved to 6-5 at fourth place in the West, visit the Stampeders on Saturday, Sept. 16.