Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ quarterback Dane Evans could be ready to return from a lingering shoulder injury this weekend when his team takes on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
“I’m feeling great. I’m feeling a lot better than I was a couple of weeks ago and every day I’ve been feeling a little bit better, so it’s been to get out there and just play catch,” Evans told the media in Hamilton on Tuesday.
Evans was a full participant in practice for three days ahead of his team’s recent 28-8 loss to the Toronto Argonauts but did not see action due to an injury to his throwing shoulder. He dressed as Hamilton’s third-string quarterback behind Jamie Newman and Jalen Morton but was seen throwing with his non-dominant hand during pregame warmups (pictured).
The Ticats were on a bye this past week, providing Evans and his teammates with a much-needed opportunity to rest.
“It was pretty necessary. I wasn’t healthy enough to go or anything, so health-wise it was great timing for me personally. I know a lot of guys were banged up — just this time of the year across the league there’s a lot of guys banged up — so that was good for us as a team,” said Evans.
“I’ve been banged up and haven’t been able to go some, so for me I need all those reps I can get. I’ve always been a reps guy, so this week has been huge being able to get out there and get some reps and practice and stuff. It’s been fantastic.”
The 28-year-old has been a full participant in practice so far this week and though he didn’t confirm or deny that he would start Saturday’s game against Winnipeg, he expressed enthusiasm about the opportunity to play against the two-time defending Grey Cup champions.
“I’m excited about playing them,” he said. “As a competitor, you want to play the best people every time and we’re about to line up against them, so I’m excited for it.”
Evans has completed 67.0 percent of his passes this season for 2,473 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions along with 31 carries for 125 yards. He has started nine games on the year with his team going 2-7 in those contests.
Matthew Shiltz, who briefly took over as Hamilton’s starting quarterback in mid-August, remains out due to a wrist injury.