Hamilton Tiger-Cats vice president of football operations and head coach Kent Austin delivered some bad news during the team’s state-of-the-franchise conference call on Wednesday: quarterback Zach Collaros won’t be ready to start the 2016 season.
Collaros is currently recovering from a torn ACL he suffered last September in a game versus Edmonton.
“Zach is doing amazingly well. He has the DNA to follow the instructions but also to push the envelope as much as he needs to without over doing it. The prospects for him going forward are excellent,” Austin said. “[But] he will not be able to participate in training camp. He’ll be going through his normal rehabilitation protocol so if you mean will he be ready to start the season coming out of training camp, the answer is no.”
That means back ups Jeremiah Masoli and Jeff Mathews will compete for the starting job in training camp.
Austin’s health update, however, was better. The 52-year-old was taken to hospital on Tuesday for an undisclosed ailment but was able to return home later the same evening.
“Yeah, I had a hangnail that I had to get cut out that was really, really bothering me,” Austin joked. “I had a few issues and they still have to do some other tests buy they’ve ruled out all the major stuff and it’s nothing too serious. I’ve got to through some other things but I feel good about the diagnosis at this point.”
Austin, who also serves as the quarterbacks’ position coach and handled the offensive coordinator duties during mini-camp last week, said his preparation for the upcoming season won’t be affected.
“No concerns at all. There are some things I have to address and they’ll get addressed but everything is going to be fine,” he said.