B.C. Lions’ quarterback Nathan Rourke was forced to leave the field on Friday night after being sacked by Saskatchewan Roughriders’ defensive end Pete Robertson.
Rourke’s lower right leg was twisted while being brought to the ground deep in B.C. territory. He was helped off the field without putting any weight on the leg and B.C.’s training staff removed his shoe to assess his foot after he reached the bench.
The Lions have since ruled Rourke out for the rest of the game due to a foot injury.
The second-year passer completed 22-of-31 pass attempts for 375 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions through just over three quarters of work against Saskatchewan. He also ran the ball three times for 63 yards.
Rourke has quickly become the front-runner to win Most Outstanding Player this year after completing 80.1 percent of his passes for 2,906 yards, 23 touchdowns, and eight interceptions through his first eight games of the season.
Canadian quarterback Michael O’Connor replaced Rourke under centre.
As of the publishing of this article, the B.C. Lions lead the Saskatchewan Roughriders 28-10 midway through the fourth quarter at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.