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VANCOUVER — The BC Lions have signed Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge, the team announced Tuesday.
The news came moments after the club announced that Mike Reilly will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing successful surgery on his non throwing wrist. Reilly sustained the injury against his former team in a loss on Saturday night.
The Bridge signing was initially reported by Justin Dunk of 3 Down Nation on Monday.
Bridge, 27, has played for Montreal, Saskatchewan and Toronto since being drafted in the fourth round by the Alouettes in 2015. The Mississauga, Ont. native attended South Alabama and has been one of the most prominent Canadian quarterbacks to play in the league in recent years.
Last year, Bridge started the Western Semi-Final for Saskatchewan after quarterback Zach Collaros was injured late in the regular season. He completed 12 of 22 passes for 100 yards and an interception as the Riders were eliminated by Winnipeg.
In his career, Bridge has thrown for 2,485 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions while completing 66 per cent of his passes. He has also rushed for four touchdowns.
The Lions, who saw their playoff hopes extinguished following a 19-6 loss to Edmonton in Week 18, will take on the Roughriders on Friday night at BC Place. Danny O’Brien is expected to be the starting quarterback.