It isn’t getting much better for the BC Lions these days. Last night, not only did they get ramrodded by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Tim Hortons Field, but the heart and soul of the Leos defense, Solomon Elimimian, went down as well.
The reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player suffered a torn achilles tendon during an embarrassing 52-22 loss on Saturday. Elimimian has since been placed on the 6-game injured list, though it’s expected that this ailment will turn out to be a season-ending one for the former Hawaii Rainbow Warriors linebacker. He will undergo a procedure later this week to repair the injury.
In the meantime, Alex Hoffman-Ellis will replace Elimimian at linebacker. From 2009-13 Hoffman-Ellis appeared in 35 games over three seasons for Washington State with 33 starts at linebacker. He recorded an impressive 178 defensive tackles and four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. The 27-year-old California native was signed as a free agent in May last year by GM Wally Buono.
Next week BC Place will be the venue for Thursday Night Football for the second time this season when the 3-4 Lions play host to the sputtering 2-5 Montreal Alouettes, who have lost three in a row. Something has got to give between these two teams, and the main storyline may be who gets the start at quarterback for the Leos. Travis Lulay has yet to find his groove since the offence became stale in the 2nd half of their Week 5 game against Toronto, one where the Argonauts were somehow able to come all the way back from 21-0 and prevail 30-27.
Lulay has an alarming TD/INT ratio of 11/9, and now has a QB rating of 83.8 which is less than ideal for the former MOP. John Beck, who got some reps in during the blowout yesterday, may be an option to start over Lulay. A 2nd round pick out of BYU in the 2007 NFL Draft, Beck has five years of NFL experience under his belt and could very well be an answer, short or long term for this football club, even at age 33. Time will tell what path this team takes under head coach Jeff Tedford.