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WF: Tate Comments on Season Ending Injury

CFL.ca Staff

CALGARY -- The Calgary Stampeders will be without quarterback Drew Tate for Sunday's Western Final vs. the BC Lions.

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Thursday, Stampeders Head Coach and GM John Hufnagel announced that Tate will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured forearm. 33-year-old Kevin Glenn will get the start for Calgary.

"Drew went and had further testing yesterday, he had an MRI and a CT scan and unfortunately they discovered a small fracture. So he will not be available to us for this football game," said Hufnagel on Thursday.

It will likely take five to six weeks for Tate's arm to fully recover and he will not require surgery.

Despite the disheartening blow, Hufnagel provided a vote of confidence for Glenn.

"We won 10 out of the last 12. Kevin started eight of those wins so we'll just move on,'' Hufnagel said.

Tate is coming off a resilient performance in Calgary's Western Semi-Final win vs. the Saskatchewan Stampeders, completing 22 of his 36 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns, including a last-minute 68-yard touchdown strike to Romby Bryant.

Tate says the injury happened in the third quarter of Sunday's game after being tackled into the sidelines by Roughriders linebacker Tyron Brackenridge.

Tate managed to finish the game, but admitted to feeling some discomfort just before taking to the field for his game-winning drive.

It's the latest setback in an injury-plagued campaign for Tate, who missed 14 games in the regular season with a shoulder injury.

"I'm sure he's disapointed, I wasn't the man to tell him, but I'm sure he was devastated," added Hufnagel.

Tate, however, appeared to be optimistic about his situation.

"I'm not too bummed, I'm not too bad as you all probably think," said Tate. "It is what it is, the White Horse will keep moving on and and it will be a fun game to watch on Sunday.

Like his head coach, Tate also expressed confidence in Glenn and his teammates.

"One door closes. Another opens and the opportunity is now Kevin's,'' Tate said. "Kevin will take advantage of it and I think our team will respond."

"This team really is special, we're always staying hungry and pulling for each other."

Meanwhile, the Stampeders must prepare for a game they need to win if they are going to play in the Grey Cup on Nov. 25. Calgary defensive back Keon Raymond says the team hasn't lost sight of that despite the rough news.

"We come to play football,'' Raymond declared. "Besides all the other things that's going on outside of football, we still have to line up.

"I don't think it's taking anything away from guys' focus.''

Fan Comments
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YOUR OUT!! everyone wanted to know why huffy wanted glenn in the burris trade!! THIS IS WHY?
November 16, 2012 - 12:48pm
Buck Pierce version 2.0
November 15, 2012 - 8:01pm
This smells SO badly. How do you go 4 days before you notice that you have a broken arm? You don't. Obviously, the team now realizes that he did have a concussion and realize what it could cost him if the media and the league find out. It's either that or the team needs a doctor with an actual degree.
November 15, 2012 - 7:15pm
Actually, it is quite easy to have a "broken arm" or most other bones in the body without feeling it. Any solid object can have an almost unnoticeable hairline crack detectable only by x-ray or similar technology but can be catastrophically widened and lengthened by stress and the sides can slip past each other so they are still dangerous. Wheel failure in auto racing is a good example; wheels are scanned to spot small fractures before they can cause tragic accidents.
November 16, 2012 - 12:01pm
I thought Glenn should've been the man in the playoffs anyway. That being said, after watching Tate's reaction to this injury, I must say he's a class act, handling it well. Best wishes Drew, get well soon.
November 15, 2012 - 6:54pm
BC the healthiest team (4 injuries?) face the most injured team (20 or more?) in playoffs.
November 15, 2012 - 6:54pm
Love how I felt like the only one rooting for Kevin Glenn this season when Tate was back and healthy. Who looks silly now?

Well you see, Glenn did ALL the work this season at QB. Tate was a dazzler but when it came down to it was not reliable.

I know Glenn has had his own problems with broken limbs in playoff games in the past, but he's here now and the best shot Calgary has.

Why they didn't stick with him is beyond me. If they lose, blame it on the bad decision to put in a QB that didn't get a rhythm going and keep the ship afloat.

Glenn should ask for more money after this. Hope they win with Glenn and he takes the Grey Cup in front of all the naysayers.
November 15, 2012 - 5:28pm
Is he going to take all the same criticism that Buck Pierce has had to take from the media about being too injury prone? I certainly hope so!
November 15, 2012 - 4:08pm
Is this to be another Buck Pierce story: a fine qb plagued by injuries? If so it is a real shame and a big loss to the Stamps and the CFL.
November 15, 2012 - 4:05pm