Austin says QB Collaros won’t be ready to start season

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.

 

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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7 Comments on Austin says QB Collaros won’t be ready to start season

  1. Not unexpected but nevertheless disappointing.

  2. When will he be ready?

    When, if ever, will he be as effective as he once was?

    • GoCats! // May 5, 2016 at 9:04 am //

      It is a risk that we won’t know the answer to until he is recovered and plays.

      The good news is that this used to automatically finish one’s career.

  3. Chopper11 // May 4, 2016 at 3:43 pm //

    Believe that he will be Evan, believe that he will be. I do

  4. TicatTO // May 4, 2016 at 3:45 pm //

    I not surprised but still disappointed. With all the injuries so far and all the changes,it gives me pause to think that perhaps this year might be another year of struggle. Unfortunately, this team can’t stay healthy enough to win.
    This team does not lack talent,it lacks reasonable health.

  5. Lindsay Wilcox // May 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm //

    In recent previous seasons we have had issues – Guelph, THF not finished, etc. Last year, except for a dropped interception and a missed tackle we probably would have been in the GC. THIS team under KA thrives on adversity. I see no reason to be pessimistic about the Ticats this year – might be only 50-50 when Collaros is ready, but still in the hunt for a playoff spot.

  6. Philski // May 5, 2016 at 2:01 am //

    In other news, the Toronto Maple Leafs have not won the Stanley Cup since 1967. Sorry, don’t mean to sound like an ass, but this is hardly a surprise. As I commented in a previous post, I’ll be shocked to see him play before August. @Evan above makes a good point, just how “effective” will he be once he does come back? Think RG3 who went from hero to zero in 32 months. This latest bit of bad news aside, why the $#&! did they release Norwood? Aggh…!!

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