HAMILTON—Zach Collaros’ brilliant 2015 season is over.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats confirmed yesterday their star quarterback will miss the rest of the campaign with a torn ACL in his right knee.
Collaros suffered the injury in the second quarter of a 25-18 home loss to the Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday afternoon.
He underwent an MRI yesterday.
The Ticats said no date for surgery has been determined.
“I would like to thank the great players, coaches, and fans around the league who have extended their support this week,” Collaros said on his Twitter account yesterday.
“I will work my hardest for my teammates and our organization to come back stronger.
“Until then, I believe in our team and believe we will bring the 2015 Grey Cup to Hamilton. Thank you.”
Support poured in from across the league.
“You make playing qb look easy,” Toronto starter Trevor Harris tweeted.
“Get well well brother . . . Hall of fame career has only just begun.”
Argos’ kicker Swayze Waters echoed those sentiments on Twitter.
“@ZCollaros7 love you brother!”
The loss of Collaros is huge for Hamilton (8-4). The 27-year-old native of Steubenville, Ohio leads the CFL in passing yards (3,376), touchdowns (25), and passer rating (113.7).
He also sported an impressive 70.2 completion percentage.
The six-foot, 216-pound Collaros is in his fourth CFL season and second with Hamilton.
He began his career in Canada with the Toronto Argonauts before signing with the Ticats as a free agent prior to the 2014 campaign.
Collaros was the overwhelming favourite to be the East Division’s nominee for the CFL’s outstanding player award.
His injury opens up the East Division race with the Ottawa Redblacks (7-4) and Argos (6-5) both within striking distance.
The Montreal Alouettes (5-6), who have beaten Hamilton twice this year, also remain in playoff contention.