Canadian quarterback Nathan Rourke to return for B.C. Lions, will start against Winnipeg

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Nathan Rourke is officially returning to the lineup with the B.C. Lions this week, the team announced on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

The 24-year-old has missed eight games since undergoing foot surgery to repair a sprained Lisfranc in late August. The team has gone 4-4 in his absence with Vernon Adams Jr. taking over the starting role in September after being acquired via trade from the Montreal Alouettes.

Rourke was the most productive quarterback in the CFL over the first half of the season, completing 79.2 percent of his passes for 3,281 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He also ran the ball 39 times for 304 yards and seven touchdowns.

The native of Victoria, B.C. set a new CFL record in Week 9 when he completed 91.9 percent of his passes in a 46-14 win over the Edmonton Elks, the best-ever percentage by a passer with a minimum of 30 attempts in a single game.

Rourke also broke the league’s single-game passing record by a Canadian player on three separate occasions, tossing for 436 yards in Week 3, 477 yards in Week 9, and 488 yards in Week 10. He tied Gerry Dattilio’s record for single-game touchdown passes by a Canadian player in Week 9 when he threw for five.

The Lions (12-5) will visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (14-3) for the final game of their regular season on Friday, Oct. 28 with kickoff slated for 8:30 p.m. EDT. The game holds no weight in the standings as the teams have locked up the second and first spots in the West Division, respectively. Rourke is expected to play one quarter before resting ahead of the playoffs.