Drew Willy will get-t-he a first start for the Alouettes on Friday?
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Quarterback Darian Durant is experiencing a difficult season with the Alouettes: its coefficient of efficiency of 87,8 is one of the worst among the starters in the CFL.
Although he was in uniform, quarterback Darian Durant has not taken part in the training of Larks on Tuesday. It is, therefore, Drew Willy who led the rehearsals taken by the first unit offensive of Montreal.
To say that Willy will get his first for the group of Kavis Reed, Friday, against the powerful Calgary Stampeders, there is not one that the head coach is not ready to take for the moment.
But both Reed that During have admitted that it was a probability.
“He is being evaluated on a daily basis. It is an injury to the hamstring, said the coach. He played despite his injury last week, but it got worse. If he trains [Wednesday], he plays. If he doesn’t train, we will go with Drew Willy. “
“I won’t go into details, but we all felt that it was better to take a day off and give myself a chance to heal all this, for its part, has stated During. This is something that is bothering me for some time and I wanted to be sure of being able to resume the collar [Wednesday]. “
Happy to have a task increased Tuesday, Willy has refused to get carried away.
“When I arrived, I did not know that I was going to take the first rehearsal, but this is what I did. No one told me anything officially, but I’m approaching this week like any other, that is to say, by preparing myself as if I was going to start the game, ” said the one who has completed 22 of his 31 passes for 217 yards this season.
“You still want to play […] but if Darian is ready to play, this is great. I do pass the team first. But there is no doubt that I want to play. I had the chance to face the calgary Stampeders a few times in my career. It would be nice to jump on the ground against this good team. “
During experiencing a difficult season with the Alouettes (3-10). The veteran of 35 years has completed 257 of his 383 passes attempted (67,1 %) for gains of 3015 yards. If he managed 14 touchdowns, he also was intercepted 14 times — a record in the circuit Ambrosie in 2017 — and its coefficient of efficiency of 87,8 is one of the worst among the starters in the CFL.
The attack of the Alouettes will also be deprived of its receiver, the more reliable in the face of the Stampeders (11-1-1). With a lower-body injury, Nik Lewis will not be able to be training, and his case will be re-evaluated on a weekly basis. Reed has admitted that the prognosis was an absence of a period of two to four weeks, but it could be revised downward.
This injury, however, will allow the receiver T. J. Graham to make his input in the training.
“That’s the plan, said Reed. We have tried to insert in our training last week, but it has not been possible due to the ratio. Now, Nik is injured. It is an American. Then T. J. Graham will be in uniform. “
The news was much less good in the case of the blocker, Jovan Olafioye. Injured a hand during the game against the Argonauts last week, he will have to wear a plaster cast from Wednesday.
We are talking about an absence of four to six weeks in his case and his season is over.
As to Boris Bede, it has not made any boots because of knee pain. Reed has, however, ensured that this was a precautionary measure and that the kicker would be at his post Friday.
Mystery around Harris
A name is mysteriously reappeared on the list of players from the Alouettes this week : the quarterback Jacory Harris.
The last time that the latter had made about him, it was the 7th of September last, and the Alouettes had announced that they had released. However, his name appears now on the injured list for six games.
“Jacory is on the injured list for six games. He is back with the team. We had liberated, but he was injured. At the bottom of the body, ” laconically replied Reed.