Lions forced to look to bench after injury to QB Travis Lulay

Travis Lulay could miss the Lions next game after injuring his shoulder against the Alouettes on...

Travis Lulay could miss the Lions next game after injuring his shoulder against the Alouettes on Sunday. (Mike Drew/QMI Agency)

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:42 PM ET

Even if the B.C. Lions do know just how severe Travis Lulay's injury is, they aren't disclosing anything.

A day after the quarterback hurt his shoulder on a touchdown-scoring run in a win over the Montreal Alouettes at BC Place, No. 14 wasn't at the team's Surrey practice facility to speak with media. Instead, he went with the team doctor to get an MRI and X-ray done.

Earlier in the day, Lulay — who sat out the rest of the game after the TD — told Team 1040 his shoulder was stiff but didn’t know the full extent of the injury.

"I don't have anything yet," coach Mike Benevides reiterated Monday. "When we get together as a team on Wednesday, we'll have a clear understanding of what he's dealing with.

"The only thing that was encouraging last night was there was some range and the doctors felt good about that. I don't know anymore than you do."

If Lulay isn't ready by Wednesday, Benevides admits he'll have to decide by then who gets the start Sunday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders — Thomas DeMarco or Buck Pierce — and how much workload each will take on.

"We're going to get both prepared because it's going to take both of them to win football games," he said. "As I told them, it's not just one man's game.

"Once we get together on Wednesday, I'll have a better formulation of what the game plan is and how to attack the opponent. That's how it is right now."

DeMarco came in for Lulay against Montreal, completing four of six passes for one touchdown. Veteran Pierce, who was acquired last week from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, watched from the sideline.

"Getting the last six minutes it was nice to be able to get out there, to see what you can do," DeMarco said. "It's an experience I'm not used to getting and it's something I was excited to have happen."

Either way, losing one of the league's best pivots will be tough for a Lions team set to face their Western rivals. And with a crazy schedule coming up — where they face the Riders three times and the Calgary Stampeders twice in the final seven games — it couldn't come at a worst time.

It might, however, force everyone else on the offence to step up even more if Lulay isn't ready to play this weekend.

"We believe in the backups — Thomas and Buck," receiver Shawn Gore said. "But without as much game experience recently, they might need a little help from everybody picking up their game."


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