Tiger-Cats activate quarterback Dane Evans from six-game injured list

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have activated quarterback Dane Evans from the six-game injured list.

Evans was back at practice after missing the last four Ticats games with a lower-body injury.

“I thought Dane threw the ball well, we’ve been seeing his arm, he’s been able to throw on the side previous to this practice and it’s really about putting the whole thing together. It’s really going to be how he feels tomorrow,” head coach Orlondo Steinauer said. 

“This is probably the most work he’s had as far as live reps and that sort of thing so we’ll wait and see how he feels for now.”

Midway through the fourth quarter in Week 6, Toronto Argonauts defensive lineman Shawn Oakman sacked Evans for the third time. That tackle sent him to the sideline in pain and Hamilton’s starting QB did not return to the football game.

Evans nor the Tabbies are exactly sure what play initially caused the ailment. He described the issue as being painful and inhibiting his ability to throw. After meeting with trainers and undergoing an MRI to determine the exact injury and severity of it, the six-game injured list designation was decided.

The 27-year-old Evans led the Tabbies to two wins in two starts prior to suffering the physical setback against the Argos. Through parts of five games in 2021, Evans has completed 66 percent of his passes for 644 yards with five touchdowns and one interception.

Evans completed 72 percent of his passes for 3,754 yards with 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions during the regular season in 2019. He went 10-2 as a starter and beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in July in relief of an injured Jeremiah Masoli. But for now Masoli still has the starting job.

I imagine Jeremiah is going to be the guy,” Steinauer said. 

He started strong in the post-season that year, throwing for 386 yards with one touchdown and one interception against Edmonton in the East Final. However, that success didn’t translate to the Grey Cup, a game in which Evans threw for 203 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions, and fumbled three times.

The Tiger-Cats are currently 4-5 third place in the East Division with five games left to play in the shortened 14-game regular season.

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