This doesn't sound good. Hamilton Tiger-Cat quarterback Jason Maas is recovering in his Edmonton home from off-season surgery on his throwing shoulder.
And the Hamilton pivot won't be able to begin throwing a football again until the start of next month.
But Tiger-Cat head coach Charlie Taaffe, who disclosed his pivot's current convalescence yesterday, expects Maas will be 100 per cent once training camp begins in late May.
Taaffe had his first ever conversation with Maas on Monday night.
"We had a good conversation. He told me his shoulder felt good because he slipped on the ice earlier that day and went down and he had to brace himself on his surgical shoulder and didn't have any pain," Taaffe said.
Taaffe stressed the surgery was of a relatively minor arthroscopic variety and the doctors' reports are positive.
"He is rehabbing it regularly with a therapist," Taaffe said.
"It wasn't a major deal and he is scheduled to start throwing March 1. He should be full go for training camp."
But word of the surgery likely has Cat fans holding their breath. Maas endured his worst season in his seven-year CFL career last season in Steeltown. There was rampant speculation that Maas was more injured than he let on as he struggled to complete the deep ball.
New Ticat offensive co-ordinator Mike Working said yesterday he believes Maas was banged up last season.
"I think that Jason Maas is a really talented quarterback. I think he was injured last year and I think those injuries have been addressed in the off-season. I have a lot of confidence he is going to have a great year simply because he is so competitive. I know he wants to right whatever didn't go the way he wanted last year," Working said.
The new Cat offensive strategist said Maas still completed 61 per cent of his passes last season. But he said the Cats have to do a good job of surrounding the passer with some weapons.
Taaffe said Maas is excited about returning to Hamilton.
"He was very positive."
The Cat bench boss said he is not overly concerned about Maas' performance last season.
"Obviously, he was not in good health last year, they had offensive staff changes early in the season, then the head coach was changed. Everything that could go wrong with a football team did go wrong.
"My Number 1 concern right now is to get him (Maas) healthy and get him ready to learn our system," he said, adding Maas has asked his coach to send him sections of the playbook as they become available so he can begin to study them.
"I'm not going to be judgmental on him based on what happened last season. However, he knows he has to compete and be productive."
Word of the Maas surgery helps explain why the Cats gave up two starters to acquire third-string Saskatchewan passer Rocky Butler last week.