No timetable on Calvillo's return

Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo was carted off the field after being sacked Thursday against...

Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo was carted off the field after being sacked Thursday against the Blue Bombers. (DAN RIEDLHUBER/Reuters)

SERGE FORGUES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:23 PM ET

MONTREAL — A black cloud settled over the start of the Montreal Alouettes' off-week as quarterback Anthony Calvillo remained in hospital with an injury to his sternum.

Calvillo was hurt when he was sacked during a Canadian Football League game on Thursday against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Calvillo was suffering from a "contusion" on his sternum, the team said during a press conference Friday. Calvillo was to undergo further tests.

Coach Marc Trestman did not put a timetable on when the star quarterback could return to the lineup, saying it was difficult to judge at this point.

Calvillo was knocked out of the game with under five minutes to go in the first half against the Blue Bombers. He was hit by Odell Willis and suffered the injury when he fell on to the ball.

If Calvillo is unable to play on Sept. 3 when the B.C. Lions come to town, Chris Leak likely would get the call to replace him as backup quarterback Adrian McPherson is still out with a left knee injury suffered during training camp.

Although he wasn't spectacular in relief of Calvillo on Thursday, Leak was solid in completing 10 of 15 passes for 99 yards, while running the ball twice for 15 yards. He received loud applause from the crowd following a 14-yard run.

Things got tense in the fourth quarter after the Alouettes squandered most of their 24-0 lead. However, Brandon Whitaker scored two touchdowns with his team up 24-17 and the Als went on to win 39-17.

Whitaker was likely breathing easier after his two scores, as he was he who was unable to block Willis before the hit that knocked Calvillo out of the game.


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