Alouettes pull QB Antonio Pipkin early in the game versus Riders

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The Alouettes sent quarterback Antonio Pipkin to the bench just 20 minutes into Friday’s game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Pipkin went four-of-seven for 47 yards in his first start since Week 1. He fumbled after taking a big hit from Derrick Moncrief in the first quarter, which was returned for a touchdown. Moncrief later intercepted a Pipkin pass, though the play was negated due to roughing the passer.

Matthew Shiltz took over at quarterback for the Alouettes.

Pipkin left Montreal’s season-opener in Edmonton with a right leg injury. He completed 7-of-17 pass attempts for 57 yards plus five carries for 45 yards in almost three quarters of work. The 23-year-old generated a major score in the first quarter, throwing a 20-yard touchdown to prized free agent addition DeVier Posey.

The lower leg injury had Pipkin on the injured list as Vernon Adams stepped in as the starting quarterback. Adams suffered a “minor concussion” during the Als’ Week 8 loss to Ottawa. That was caused by a helmet-to-helmet hit from Redblacks defensive lineman J.R. Tavai and kept him out of the lineup versus Saskatchewan.

Adams guided the Alouettes to a 3-1 mark completing 73-of-111 passes (65 per cent completion rate) for 1,027 yards, five touchdowns against two interceptions and rushing 33 times for 199 yards and three touchdowns during that span.

Poor play from Pipkin has not inspired confidence and left Montreal’s quarterback situation up in the air until Adams feels better.