B.C. Lions’ Travis Lulay limited to soft tosses, ‘doesn’t want to overdo it’ in rehabbing for return
B.C Lions quarterback Travis Lulay at the CFL team's training camp in Kamloops in June 2012. Lulay, who has just started throwing lightly in his recuperation from an injured shoulder, expects to loosen up more, start testing longer throws and the reaction of his shoulder to the workload in the buildup to Saturday's regular season finale against the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Photograph by: Mark van Manen, PNG files
METRO VANCOUVER — For two weeks Travis Lulay’s arm was too sore to throw at all.
Now that he has graduated to soft tosses in practice, it’s still unsettling to some people to see that his condition doesn’t allow heaves much beyond the dink ’n dunk variety.
Still, if uncertainty at quarterback is draining to the players and coaching staff of the B.C. Lions, it doesn’t seem to affect Lulay, who believes the road back to magnum force must be taken one day at a time.
“Today was Day 1 (of the practice week), so there are not a lot of throws period,” Lulay said Tuesday. “The doctor (orthopedic specialist Bob McCormack) seems to think it’s moving along as it should. I came out Sunday (three days ago) to see where we’re at. I threw a bit more today. Just volume. But you just don’t want to overdo it. I wouldn’t expect to come out here and throw 40-yard bullets.”
With three more days of practice ahead, counting a pair of indoor sessions at B.C. Place Stadium, Lulay expects to loosen up more, start testing longer throws and the reaction of his shoulder to the workload. Head coach Mike Benevides hopes to have him play Saturday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders (7 p.m., Pacific time, TSN standard blackout in effect, Team 1410), but Benevides has no intention of making it a demanding evening for Lulay, who hurt his shoulder Oct. 12 in Hamilton and hasn’t played since.
“If there was any way I could shoot it up (numb the pain), play through it and potentially have a big setback, there’s no way I’d do it,” he said. “But if it’s a matter of tempering a little bit of pain, to make it tolerable, then yeah.”
Lulay said he doesn’t want just a few meaningless reps in a game that won’t affect the Lions in the standings. B.C. has clinched first place and plays host to the West Division final on Nov. 18. He thinks playing half the game, with backup Mike Reilly doing the rest, would be a significant test of his progress.
“I’d fight to play half the game,” he said. “But some of that might be out of my control. I feel good about stepping right in. I mean, Mike (Reilly) sat out for three years, and he came right in and played the last two games.”
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