Ticats QB Zach Collaros left game with head injury: sources

Quarterback Zach Collaros was held out of the second half of the Ticats loss to Calgary Stampeders on Saturday because of concerns of a head injury, per sources.

Collaros appeared to suffer the injury late in the second quarter when he was driven into the ground by Calgary defensive end Charleston Hughes. He was slow getting up and remained in the game but was assessed at halftime.

Head coach Kent Austin said after the game that the team expected to know more on Sunday

“We don’t know at this point. It’s an upper body injury and we’ll have to find out. We’re not sure,” he said.

Austin was asked specifically about a head injury.

“I don’t want to speak to it right now because I don’t have all the details so if I open it up there will be more questions and I’m not qualified to speak on it,” he said. “I’m not avoiding your question, I just don’t have enough information.”

Collaros missed five games in 2014 when he suffered a head and back injury during a game with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Receiver Andy Fantuz, has battled concussions during his career and has become an advocate for prevention and awareness. He said he assumed Collaros was dealing with a head injury based on the hit.

“I hope he’s OK. I saw he took a big hit there and it’s always scary when you’re taking head blows,” Fantuz said. “Hopefully he’ll be OK. Luckily we have a bye week and he can just rest and not even worry about even attempting to do any exercise and let it settle down.”

The Ticats don’t play again until Oct. 14 when they host the Ottawa Redblacks and if Collaros isn’t ready then the team will rely on back up Jeremiah Masoli, who took the team to the East Final last season after Collaros went down with a knee injury and went 3-3 to begin 2016.

“We have a lot of faith in Jeremiah, he’s played really well when he’s had the opportunity,” Austin said. “He’s a great person and he’ll be ready to play if he needs to play.”

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