It appears that B.C. quarterback Casey Printers’ days with the Lions are done after this season.
Printer’s agent Jason Medlock spoke to MOJO Radio 730 in Vancouver Wednesday and reiterated that his client won’t be returning to the Lions for the 2006 season.
“It’s not about what Casey thinks, the writing’s on the wall,” said Medlock. “He’s not going to sit behind Dave Dickenson, who is a great quarterback, and lose two years. Why would he?”
Printers was cleared to practice with the team on Monday but didn’t feel well enough to participate. Hobbled in training camp by off-season toe surgery, Printers then experienced problems with the rotator cuff on his throwing shoulder during training camp.
“It’s baffling to him because he doesn’t know who cleared him,” Medlock said. “He didn’t have any conversation with the doctor on it or anything like that so we’re kind of confused as to what’s going on here. I can tell you one thing; he is ready and willing to get up there and play but he doesn’t want to hurt the team with less velocity on his balls. He cannot get full extension because of the pain that he’s experiencing in his shoulder.”
“Nobody’s told him anything and he’s out there rehabbing like he does every day. He was approached by the media (and they told) him he’s cleared to play. Wouldn’t you think the player would know if he’s cleared to play or not?”
The 2005 MVP started in just one game this season, against the Edmonton Eskimos in Week 7, after Dickenson pulled out with back spasms during warmups.
“Hopefully (Printers) can get his shoulder right and hopefully he’ll be traded. Or, hopefully he’ll have a shot at the NFL but definitely not in B.C.,” said Medlock. “We feel like Dave is the guy there.”
Printers’ frustration has hit a boiling point and according to Medlock, it all began during last year’s Grey Cup when head coach Wally Buono opted to start Dickenson ahead of the league’s most outstanding player.
“I think it’s been a disappointing season for him. I think the Grey Cup was just a bonehead decision,” Medlock told the radio station. "But the Grey Cup is over and he’s moved on and we proved in the off-season that we still want to be here despite making it blatantly known that you’re not the guy.
“One of the things that’s ironic is that when you look at some of the comments that Buono made, he said he didn’t play Casey in the Grey Cup because he wasn’t at 100%. Now, Casey’s not 100% but he’s cleared to play. Does that sound right to you?”
Last year, Printers dazzled the league throwing for 5088 yards with 35 touchdowns and only ten interceptions. He was also second on the team with 469 rushing yards and led the team with nine rushing touchdowns.