VANCOUVER - The diagnosis is in and it's not good news for Travis Lulay. Then again, it could have been worse.
The B.C. Lions announced Tuesday that their quarterback will be "shut down" for at least two games with a subluxed shoulder. And after their Week 14 match against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sept. 27, he will be re-evaluated and the team will update his playing status then.
"Right now it's inflamed, it's sore," said Lulay, who had an MRI done in the morning. "It needs to settle first and foremost, get the swelling down so you can get the range of motion back and get the stabilizer muscles back firing the way they were.
"My hope is that it settles down sooner rather than later and we can move forward."
The injury is somewhat similar to the one Lulay suffered last season, which kept him out for two games as well — albeit the matches were later in the regular season and implications were not as important as they are now. The Lions have seven games left and sit third in the West Division.
"It's hard to say at this point still, but in terms of what happened and what shows up as far as the testing goes, it is similar," Lulay said, adding there was no recommendation of surgery.
Looking back now, the veteran could have potentially avoided the injury by stepping out of bounds instead of taking a hit from Montreal cornerback Geoff Tisdale before driving into the end zone — even if it did earn the Leos a touchdown. But the pivot said he's looked back on it many times already and couldn't have seen himself finishing it any other way.
"You owe it to the team to finish that one off," he said. "I played the scenario over in my head and I don't regret playing the play the way that I did. Obviously it's unfortunate, I wish (the injury) hadn't happened."
Adds coach Mike Benevides: "It was just a physical impact, and it was one of those violent-type hits that don't occur very often but being the soldier that he is, he found a way to get a touchdown for us."
B.C. will go with either Thomas DeMarco or Buck Pierce when they head to Regina this weekend, with both QBs possibly seeing action.
"We know right now that those two games, he can't help us," Benevides said. "We're going to get the other two guys ready.
"He certainly is disappointed as we all are but the thankful part for us is he'll have a chance to rehab and get back with us."
The next opponent for the Lions, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, were dealing with injury news of their own Tuesday, as running back Kory Sheets is out of Sunday's game with a right knee sprain.
With the tailback a mid-season favourite for the league's Most Outstanding Player award, it's also a big offensive loss for the Riders, who have now dropped two straight games.