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VANCOUVER — BC Lions quarterback Mike Reilly underwent surgery on Sunday to repair the fracture which included the insertion of a small plate held in place with six screws. He will miss the remainder of the 2019 campaign. Full recovery is expected to take six-to-eight weeks, the team announced in a statement on Tuesday.
On Saturday evening, Reilly suffered a fractured left wrist in the first quarter of the team’s game against the Edmonton Eskimos.
The 34-year-old had started all 16 games for the Lions, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes for 3,897 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also added 204 rushing yards and five scores on 55 carries in 2019.
Backup Danny O’Brien is the likely starter for the Lions in Week 19 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. In four appearances this season, the 29-year-old has completed 14 passes for 110 yards while throwing one interception. After coming in to relieve Reilly in Week 18, O’Brien tossed for 103 yards in the loss.
Following the announcement, the team also officially signed Brandon Bridge to a contract. The 27-year-old is a four-year CFL veteran with previous stops in Montreal, Saskatchewan, and Toronto. He signed a contract with the Argos in the offseason but was released by the team following the preseason. He’s completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,485 yards and 13 touchdowns in 25 career games.
The Lions will return home to host the Riders at BC Place on Friday night. The two teams will kick-off at 10:00 p.m. ET.