Ticat quarterback Jeff Mathews missed Tuesday’s practice with a suspected concussion and is unlikely to play in Saturday’s game in Ottawa that will decide the East Division.
The team has signed former Argonaut quarterback Mitchell Gale, who spent nearly three seasons in Toronto Argonauts before being released on Sept. 2, 2015. The 6-2, 240-pounder has thrown for 100 yards and two touchdowns with 91 rushing yards in 32 appearances.
With Mathews out, back ups Jacory Harris and Jeremiah Masoli split time with the first team offence on Tuesday.
Mathews was injured late in last Saturday’s 12-6 loss to Ottawa when he was hit in the head by Redblacks linebacker David Hinds, who was flagged 15 yards for roughing the passer.
The Ticats enter next Saturday’s game needing to beat the Redblacks by six points or more to finish first in the East and earn a first round playoff bye. A loss or a win by five or less and Hanilton will finish second and host the semi-final Nov. 15.