Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli will miss the remainder of the 2019 Canadian Football League season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.

Masoli went down with a non-contact injury during the first quarter against Winnipeg on Friday night. He went to the the locker room after being examined on the trainer’s table. The 30-year-old had completed 6-of-7 passes for 59 yards with one interception and two carries for 23 yards and a touchdown. Hamilton was leading 14-0 at the time Masoli left the game and went on to win 23-15.

No date for surgery has been determined.

The Ticats No. 1 QB led the black and gold to their best start since 1998 at 4-1 entering Week 7. Masoli completed 71 per cent of his passes for 1,576 yards with nine touchdowns against seven interceptions adding 17 carries for 79 yards and four touchdowns.

Masoli threw for over 5,200 yards with 28 touchdowns against 18 interceptions during his first full season as the starter in Hamilton during 2018. That came after Masoli led the league over the final 10 games of the 2017 regular schedule in passing yards with 3,032. Masoli was set to make over $400,000 with incentives – $100,000 paid March 1 – in 2019.

But the major setback comes with Masoli currently scheduled to hit the free agent in February 2020.

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Justin Dunk is a CFL insider, sports reporter and news anchor.