Lions' Lulay to start against Eskimos

Lions QB Travis Lulay will get the starting job again, this time against the Eskimos in Edmonton...

Lions QB Travis Lulay will get the starting job again, this time against the Eskimos in Edmonton Friday. (QMI AGENCY)

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

Travis Lulay won’t have to wait long for redemption.

After throwing a costly interception last week against Toronto, the quarterback will start for the second straight game when the B.C. Lions head to Edmonton Friday.

“Jacques [Chapdelaine] let me know this morning that I’m up this week,” said Lulay at Monday’s practice. “Getting another opportunity to battle with my teammates is something to be excited about.”

The 6-foot-2, 216-lb QB completed 26 of 40 passes for 330 yards in his first CFL start but a late interception by Toronto’s Byron Parker led to a game-winning touchdown for the Argos.

It’s tough to blame Lulay for the loss. The Lions should have been up by a couple touchdowns were it not for a dropped pass by Emmanuel Arceneaux and a fumble by Jamal Robertson.

His first-half performance alone – leading B.C. to 16 first downs – showed more promise than Casey Printers, who’s still waiting for the swelling on his injured knee to go down, had all season.

“There were some good things to come away from the game and things we still need to get better at,” said Lulay.

While coach Wally Buono said Lulay would have wanted a couple throws back, he was impressed by his starting quarterback’s overall performance.

“He did what we pretty much expected,” said Buono. “He put us in position to really have a victory and the pick at the end, that’s not why we lost.”

* The Lions added quarterback depth Monday, signing Central Washington alum Mike Reilly to the team’s practice roster. B.C. also released kick returner Robert Jordan.

* Linebacker Anton McKenzie returned to practice Monday, replacing Solomon Elimimian, who rolled his ankle during the Argos game. Cornerback Dante Marsh (groin) will not play Friday against the Eskimos.


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