Friday, July 3, 2015

Willy 'currently day-to-day' but evaluation continues

Winnipeg Blue Bombers starting quarterback Drew Willy left Thursday's game after taking a hit from Hamilton Ticats DL Adrian Tracy.  Brian Brohm replaced him as he was taken to the locker room.

On Friday, the Blue Bombers issued a statement explaining that they are not ruling their starter out for a period of time until they have a true evaluation of his condition.

"Drew continued to see team medical staff this morning, and is currently day-to-day, while continuing to be evaluated. His status for next Friday’s game against Montreal is unknown at this time.  Coach Mike O’Shea will update Drew’s status during the team’s next media availability on Monday, July 5."
With 20 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Willy dropped back and readied to absorb a hit from a blitzing Hamilton defence. Defensive lineman Adrian Tracy finished off a sack on the Bombers QB which sent him to the turf. He was helped off the field and did not return.
Willy is coming off one of his most impressive games since taking over the Winnipeg offence last year. The second-year Bomber passed for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns in his club’s 30-26 win over Saskatchewan on the road in the opener.
Willy was 3 of 6 for 48 yards before leaving the game.

Following the game, Mike O'Shea addressed the media but echoed the sentiments in the statement issue 12 hours later.

"(It’s) an upper body injury. We’ll see, Drew is tough," O'Shea said in his post-game press conference.  "He watched the second quarter from the tunnel so we will see what that means but I think Drew Willy is tough and I think all of our players, fans understand that Drew Willy is a tough guy." 

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