Ticat quarterback Zach Collaros will miss the remainder of the CFL season after an MRI performed on Monday revealed a torn ACL in his right knee.
Collaros was injured during Saturday’s 25-18 loss to Edmonton Eskimos.
“I would like to thank the great players, coaches and fans around the league who have extended their support,” Collaros said in statement posted on Twitter. “I will work my hardest for my teammates and our organization to come back stronger.”
Collaros currently leads the CFL in passing yards, touchdown passes and quarterback efficiency. The Ticats are currently 8-4 and lead the East Division by one game.
Barring a trade, the Ticats will rely on rookie quarterback Jeff Mathews, second-year man Jacory Harris and third-year player Jeremiah Masoli. Mathews threw two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns and Harris committed a late fumble in relief of Collaros on Saturday.
But head coach Kent Austin told TSN 1150 the depth chart won’t change and that he still has confidence in the quarterbacks on his roster.
“There’s a reason why we came out of training camp with Jeff at No. 2 and Jacory at No. 3,” Austin said. “I wouldn’t expect that to change at this point.”
Having dealt with a series of challenges and setbacks during his tenure, Austin said the expectations don’t change without Collaros.
“We still think we’re going to win a lot of football games,” he said.