Quarterback Drew Tate was seen wearing a cast on his hand and wrist at practice with the Calgary Stampeders on Thursday and it appears unlikely he will play in Sunday's Western Final against the B.C. Lions.
There has been speculation that Tate may have suffered a concussion in Sunday's dramatic win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Western Semi-Final, which was quickly denied by both Tate and head coach John Hufnagel.
"I got hit in the head. I don't remember the first half," Tate told TSN at half-time on Sunday but he later clarified his comments to say he did not suffer a concussion.
When Tate did not practice on Wednesday, Hufnagel explained the reason for Tate's absence was not related to any head injury.
"He's passed all his tests," Hufnagel said. "He didn't practice today, but it had nothing to do with the hit. He came in Monday morning complaining of a bruised forearm. That was X-rayed. It's negative. It was still sore today, so he didn't practice."
Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive lineman Tearrius George was suspended for one game on Thursday for his hit on Tate.
If Tate does not play, veteran backup Kevin Glenn, who led the Stampeders to a 9-5 record in Tate's absence during the regular season, would get the start for the Stampeders.
so, what happens if Glenn starts and WINS sunday? who starts in the Grey Cup?
this could get very messy.