Casey Printers will get the his first start this season for the Lions Saturday against the Saskatchewan Rough-riders in an important West Division matchup that could determine the number one spot.
With most of the other QBs sidelined, Printers took most of the reps this week and tomorrow will be his first on-field appearance for the Lions since November of 2005.
Although coach Buono said on Wednesday that the Lions were "very confident that Travis (Lulay) will be fit and ready to go," that will not be the case as the quarterback's sore shoulder, which he suffered after a hit late in Sunday's game against Winnipeg, is proving to be worse than originally thought. Buck Pierce, who was knocked out of Sunday's game early, also has a shoulder injury, and did not take any reps this week, while Jarious Jackson practiced with the team this week and made a few throws but he said that his shoulder is not where he wants it to be just yet.
Running back Martell Mallett sat out last week with a foot injury, and will suit up Saturday. However, he'll most likely be sharing the ball with A.J. Harris in a two-back set, as Harris rushed for 89 yards and led the team with 92-yards receiving last week.
Shutting down Darian Durant and the Saskat-chewan offence will be a tough task for the Lions after the Roughriders QB threw for 427 yards and two touchdowns last week in a 44-44 tie with Calgary.
During week 16, kicker Sean Whyte's field goal with just seconds remaining gave the Lions a 19-16 win at home, which kick-started their current three game winning streak. B.C. has the season advantage so far, winning two of the three matchups, although their only loss to the Roughriders this season came in Regina.