July 15, 2012
Tate opts for shoulder surgery
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
CALGARY - Yes, Drew Tate will have surgery on his dislocated shoulder.
Yes, the Calgary Stamepders No. 1 quarterback will be out of action for a lengthy period.
No, Tate doesn't foresee his return waiting until the 2013 CFL season.
"The race isn't won at the start -- I can tell you that right now," Tate said Sunday after announcing he'll have an operation for his injured left (non-throwing) shoulder. "We've got three (games) down. There's 15 to go. Plus I plan on being on this team at the end of that 15-or-plus (playoff games).
"I don't think this season is over with yet."
With Tate out, Kevin Glenn is tops on the depth chart at quarterback, with Bo Levi Mitchell on-deck for the forceable future.
After weighing his options for more than a week -- door No. 1 meant surgery, and door No. 2 was to try going with rehabilitation for a month and then return -- Tate decided to have the problem fixed.
This is the second time his shoulder has been dislocated in just over a year, and the risk of it happening yet again was too great.
"I didn't want to be a distraction to this team this year," Tate explained. "(Stamps offensive coordinator) Dave (Dickenson) had mentioned that "¦ coming back in, taking reps and then you get hurt and you go back out and then it deflates (the team) again.
"I also wanted to do what was best for me in the long run, hopefully. It's kind of like, 'The first time, shame on you. The second time, shame on me.' I don't want there to be a third time, and then it gets really bad."
Among those Tate consulted with about going under the knife was former Stamps QB Henry Burris, who didn't have surgery but recommended a therapist in Houston to help.
Stampeders GM/head coach John Hufnagel said he has no intentions of bringing in a veteran quarterback and doesn't have to make bold changes to the gameplan with Glenn at the helm.
"It's just like if we lost our starting corner, lost our starting running back "¦" Hufnagel said. "We have people in here that can replace, and we expect them to do the job."
The injury is a big blow to Tate, who went into this season with big expectations as the starter.
"That's an automatic, but it's out of my hands, so I'm trying not to get worked up," said Tate, 28. "So don't even worry about it, because there's nothing you can do about it. Just worry about getting back on the field as fast as possible. That's where all the focus is."
During his convalescence, Tate not only intends to work with the other quarterbacks, but he plans to be a conduit between the pivots and the receivers.
"Sometimes, there's not much communication going on, because there's so much going on during practice and meetings," Tate said. "I want to be the floater and go back and forth and just tell guys ideas. That's my area right there -- (along with) rehab."
Tate may not be alone having shoulder surgery. Stamps linebacker Demetrice Morley is also trying to decide what to do about his shoulder.
Hufnagel also said defensive back Keon Raymond (groin) is doubtful for Thursday's clash with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and receiver Jabari Arthur (hamstring) will be out "a while."
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