Lulay out 2 more weeks

The B.C. Lions will be without starting quarterback Travis Lulay for at least another two weeks.

The CFL club announced Monday that Lulay will be sidelined with an injury to his throwing shoulder that has forced him to miss the Lions' last two games.

That means backup Thomas DeMarco, who has led B.C. to consecutive road wins in Lulay's absence, will play Friday night when the Lions (9-4) host the Saskatchewan Roughriders (8-5) in a key West Division contest.

"It's a gradual process," Lulay said of his recovery. "Obviously disappointed I can't be playing yet but Tom has shown the team is in good hands.

"He's played well the last couple weeks but as a competitor you want to be out there with your guys."

Lulay suffered a partially dislocated right shoulder in B.C.'s 36-14 win over the Montreal Alouettes on Sept. 15. The team says he will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

"We're optimistic with where (the injury) is at now," Lulay said. "We've made some progress, especially in the last week, so (I'm) hoping that the recovery continues to go well."

Lulay hurt the same shoulder in 2012 and missed the final five games of the regular season. He also required surgery for a torn labrum suffered while playing in NFL Europe back in 2007.

"The swelling and inflammation stuff needs to go down and that's kind of where we're at," said Lulay, who hopes to resume throwing later this week or early next week. "We're getting to the tail end of that where I'm getting my range of motion back. Now it's a buildup to the strengthening and the throwing again."

In addition to this weekend's game versus Saskatchewan, Lulay will miss B.C.'s showdown with the Calgary Stampeders (10-3) at McMahon Stadium on Oct. 11.

"If I'm healthy enough to play, I'll try to play," he said. "That's what we're looking at. It's just about giving myself an opportunity to recover."

B.C. has won three straight games and cemented a playoff spot with its 53-17 victory Friday night over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

If this announcement had been made prior to DeMarco's 1st professional start in the CFL I would have been very concerned. Given how Thomas DeMarco has shown that he is more than capable of getting the job done I've no concerns now at all. I believe we have a very good chance of beating both SSK and Calgary with DeMarco at the controls. This guy can only get better. :thup: Thanks for the update drummer_god. :thup:

DeMarco has done well and shows good promise, but I am not as confident as I would be with reilly, collaros, Mitchell, or even willy.

The Calgary games will be a huge test for DeMarco.

Well the 2 Sask games won't be a problem.

Please note the lack of smiley.

I, also, believe the lions are in great shape with DeMarco, and I'm exciting to see more of this guy. He's looked very good in so far. He could be a future star in the CFL.

What if DeMarco really lights it up these next 2 weeks? Do the RedBlacks take him, or is there any chance Lulay becomes vulnerable?

I would say there is no chance that Lulay would be made available. Although the Lions are winning, I would say DeMarco is managing the games well and limiting mistakes (exactly what you want), but I do not think he is a gunslinger that can put up points (his stats to date reflect that).

I've said it for a year...I believe he is better than Lulay...I also see no way you would not keep Lulay due to his experience and proven ability to win. Barring Lulay being out for the season and the Lions making it to the cup, Lulay stays put.

I believe DeMarco is showing far more confidence now than Lulay was when he took over for Casey Printers. I was very concerned about Lulay taking his place, but no longer have issues with it. With DeMarco I'm comfortable with him at the helm from the get go.

If Ottawa was to select DeMarco, I don't think they would have an issues in the QB position.