Alouettes’ Khari Jones: ‘I don’t expect’ Vernon Adams Jr. to be back this season

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Montreal Alouettes’ head coach Khari Jones officially ruled out the possibility of quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. returning to the lineup this season.

“I’m not really counting on Vernon to be available to us for the season. From what I understand, even when it’s healed it takes some rehab and I think the rehab is a little longer than the time that we have. I don’t expect him back,” said Jones via videoconference.

Adams Jr. was placed on the six-game injured list in mid-October after suffering an injury to his non-throwing shoulder in a win over the Ottawa Redblacks. He did not require surgery, though the rehabilitation process is arduous.

The injury occurred when Adams Jr. was brought to the ground while scrambling, hitting the turf awkwardly with his left arm trapped underneath his body. The five-foot-11, 200-pounder was tended to by the training staff and left the field with his left arm wrapped in his uniform, which served a makeshift sling.

Adams Jr. started Montreal’s first eight games in 2021, completing 59 percent of his passes for 1,949 yards with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions while adding 51 rushes for 298 yards.

Matthew Shiltz initially took over as the starting quarterback in La Belle Province, though he missed the club’s Week 14 loss to Winnipeg due to a knee injury. Jones expects Shiltz to return to the lineup before the season is over.

Trevor Harris is set to make his second consecutive start when the Blue Bombers visit Percival Molson Stadium on Saturday.