Travis Lulay’s season is over.
Hopefully his career is not.
The BC Lions quarterback left Friday’s game with a knee injury that he knew was serious right away. Following an MRI, the team has confirmed it is “significant” and “season-ending.”
Just how significant remains to be seen.
Lulay reportedly suffered an ACL tear on the second play from scrimmage. While he was hit by two Alouettes players, Lulay said the injury occurred before the collision.
re: travis lulay
non-contact right ACL tear as he tries to sidestep the defender. oh the empathy! pic.twitter.com/To0Y881aEB
— christina le (@yegphysio) September 9, 2017
“I was just scrambling, was short of the first down,” Lulay said. “I cut inside of the linebacker and felt my knee shift.”
TSN’s Farhan Lalji reports that the injury requires surgery, though it’s not as bad as first feared.
— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) September 12, 2017
Initial reports suggested that Lulay could be out as long as 12 months. That long of a recovery period could mean the end of Lulay’s career given his advanced age.
Lulay, who has played nine seasons in BC, turns 34 later this month. The 2011 Most Outstanding Player and Grey Cup MVP moved to a backup position last year, giving way to up-and-comer Jonathon Jennings.
That was supposed to be his role this year too, until the veteran appeared to find the Fountain of Youth, wrestling the No. 1 job back from Jennings.
Though he’s out for the season, head coach Wally Buono says Lulay can still play a role with the team.
“If he can’t play for us, he can help us win still,” Buono said after Friday’s win against Montreal.
“I want him to understand that we want him to be a part of our team. He is a coach. He might be the life coach for Jonathon. If he can be the life coach for Jonathon, he can contribute because that is going to help us win, right?”
With Lulay out, the Lions have announced that they have signed 24-year-old quarterback Quinn Epperly. Epperly attended the Dallas Cowboys’ rookie minicamp, but was not signed to an NFL contract.