Ticats ‘not playing coy’ with status of Jeremiah Masoli for Week 7 against Stamps

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are taking a wait and see approach with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli.

Masoli has missed the team’s last three games with an injury to his ribs suffered against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Week 2. After Dane Evans was diagnosed with a lower body injury carrying a four-to-six week recovery timeline, Masoli will dress versus Calgary, but his starter status is yet to be decided.

“I’m not playing coy at all. Jeremiah… it’s how he feels. We wanted to give him a go on Monday, see how it felt, that’s why you didn’t see him throw much the next day, but definitely wanted to get him out there throwing again today — looked pretty good,” head coach Orlondo Steinauer said.

“I thought I saw the ball come off with a little bit more, that’s from field level. We’ll make that final decision tomorrow. That will be based less on coaching and more on how he feels.”

It was David Watford who took the majority of reps with the starting offence during the preparation week of practice for the Stampeders. He finished Hamilton’s Week 6 loss to the Toronto Argonauts completing 6-of-10 passes for 78 yards while leading a late touchdown drive.

“It’s not fair to David or our ball club if he didn’t get the majority of the reps. If everything goes then David will start for us, we’re prepared to do that,” Steinauer said.

“That’s why David took the majority of the reps, it’s going to be easier for Jeremiah to go in, he just understands the offence because he’s been in it longer. It’s going to be based off how he feels.”

The 28-year-old Watford has never started at QB in the pro three-down league. He has appeared in 30 career CFL games with the Riders and Tiger-Cats, connecting on 26-of-50 pass attempts for 320 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, while adding 34 carries for 133 yards and six rushing majors.

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