Ray sidelined by shoulder injury
MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—The Toronto Argonauts are Zach Collaros’ team for the foreseeable future.
Collaros takes over as the starting quarterback after Argos’ coach Scott Milanovich dropped a bombshell yesterday, announcing incumbent Ricky Ray is out about six weeks with a shoulder injury.
After throwing the ball away, a scrambling Ray extended his right arm to brace his fall upon being hit by Stampeders’ defensive lineman Charleston Hughes.
“Ricky has a partial tear [in] a muscle in his shoulder that’s called the teres major,” Milanovich noted.
“I’ve been informed that’s not part of the rotator cuff.
“He’s going to be out approximately six weeks,” Milanovich added.
“It could be a couple of weeks less or a couple of weeks more depending on he responds to his rehab.”
The teres major muscle is located in the back of the shoulder. It helps rotate and extend the arm and damaging it causes pain in the back of the shoulder, back, and upper arm.
Fortunately, Ray won’t require surgery. But Toronto (5-3)—which tops the East Division ahead of Hamilton (4-4) and Montreal (3-5)—will be minus its offensive catalyst for an important stretch that includes a home-and-home series with the Alouettes and a western road trip to Regina, Calgary, and Edmonton before hosting the arch-rival Ticats on Oct. 4.
“Pressure is what you make [of] it,” Collaros said.
“As long as we’re prepared as a team and I’m prepared, I think we all feel comfortable out there,” he added.
Ray missed three late-season starts last year with a knee injury before returning to lead Toronto on its Grey Cup march.
“Hopefully, we get a similar result,” Milanovich said.
“It’s part of the game, there’s injuries in the sport of football, and I have faith Zach, Trevor [Harris], and Josh [Portis] will go out there and win games for us,” he added.
“Obviously it’s the quarterback and it’s a different piece of the puzzle you have to replace, but all teams prepare for this.”
The six-foot, 216-pound Collaros is anxious to be Toronto’s starter for the foreseeable future.
“It’s not a good thing that had to happen under these circumstances,” he remarked.
“But I look forward to leading this team these next few weeks.”