Spotted loping across the McMahon Stadium parking lot Saturday just past lunchtime, Drew Tate’s right arm was not encased in a large swath of Saran Wrap, as it had been the night before at Mosaic Stadium.
But he wasn’t on his way to the obligatory 12:45 p.m. rundown with teammates, either.
No, the injury-bitten quarterback was off to have an MRI performed on a suddenly-problematical elbow.
“That’s where he’s at right now,’’ said coach John Hufnagel in drizzly conditions. “We’re hoping for the best. He was battling a little bit of tendinitis. Whether it’s more than that, we’re not quite sure right now.
“It probably developed as the game went along because I didn’t realize there was a problem until the time he thought he should come out.’’
The sight of Tate back on the sidelines Friday night, the elbow encased in case, must’ve had loyalists reaching for the smelling salts.
A dislocated left shoulder knocked him out of the box in Week 2 of last year, necessitating surgery. Then, after rallying back to throw a last-gasp Hail Mary touchdown pass to Romby Bryant to beat Saskatchewan in last season’s divisional semi, he missed both the Western final and Grey Cup due to a fractured forearm.
Also undergoing MRIs were DL Micah Johnson (oblique strain) and DB Jamarr Wall (knee).
Staying healthy is of prime importance for Tate this season.
Although results of the MRI were not immediately available, the hope is that the issue is nothing more serious than tendinitis. If not, if the injury is indeed something more long-term, super relief pitcher Kevin Glenn, who in Tate’s absence steered the Stamps to the 100th Grey Cup game last November in Toronto, is ready to step once more into the void on Friday in Montreal.
“It’s not going to change the way I prepare,’’ protested Glenn. “I always prepare as if I’m going to play. You have to in this business because things can happen the way they did (Friday) night. Suddenly you’re in the game and if you don’t prepare ...
“I’ve always prepared as if I was going to play, whether I was 1, 2 or 3. What’s going on or not going on with Drew doesn’t change that or the way I approach the game. Any game.’’
Glenn has never suffered any sort of injury to his pitching wing, so he can’t really give any insights on potential problems.
“Knock on wood, never will, throwing-arm wise. I broke the one in ‘07. But as far as the throwing arm, shoulder problems, no. After throwing the ball so often in training camp, you may get a sore arm here or there but other than that ... nothing like tendinitis, where it’s kind of a repeating thing, and basically depends on how you feel day-to-day. There are some things you can do to alleviate the pain here and there, I believe. That’s the only thing I know about tendinitis: That sometimes it’s sore and sometimes it’s not.’’
Glenn cautions against reading anything too sinister into the situation.
“Let’s not forget he played in the game, and played well. That’s the thing we’re forgetting. Given the situation, we were down at the time, the coaches might’ve been taking a precautionary measure. Making sure that something minor didn’t get worse.
“So let’s just wait to see what happens and go from there.’’
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