The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will have starting quarterback Dane Evans back in the lineup when they take on the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday, but he won’t be the one taking their snaps under centre.
Evans was unable to play last week due to a shoulder injury suffered early in the team’s Week 9 contest and was a limited participant in practice this week. He was deemed healthy enough to dress but is listed as the third-stringer on the team’s depth chart.
Evans started each of Hamilton’s first eight games this season, completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 2,229 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He has also carried the ball 27 times for 115 yards, leading the team to a 2-6 record.
Backup Matthew Shiltz will once again be in control of the offence, drawing his second start of the season against the team that let him walk in free agency. Last week, he overcame an injury in the third quarter to lead his team to a 34-27 victory over the Toronto Argonauts. His stat line wasn’t flashy — he completed 14-of-19 pass attempts for 176 yards, one touchdown, and one interception — but included a pivotal 60-yard touchdown pass to Tim White in the fourth quarter.
Rookie Jamie Newman will once again handle short yardage and backup duties after holding down the fort in the third quarter against Toronto.