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Friday, September 4, 2015

CFL NOTEBOOK

SURREY, B.C. - The B.C. Lions are optimistic that hard-luck quarterback Travis Lulay's latest injury will not keep him out for long.

After missing most of the 2014 CFL season with a shoulder injury, Lulay now has to recover from a knee injury suffered in Thursday's win in Montreal. He returned to Vancouver with the team and was scheduled to undergo an MRI test Friday afternoon.

"He's walking with a limp, but it doesn't look like it's anything major,'' said coach Jeff Tedford. "We have to see what the MRI says and what the prognosis for his return would be.''

Lulay was injured midway through the first quarter as Alouettes' linebacker Kyries Hebert took him down from behind after he had scrambled out of the pocket. It was initially suspected that Lulay suffered a torn medial collateral ligament. Tedford said it's not yet clear whether Lulay, the 2011 CFL's most outstanding player, will miss any playing time. B.C.'s next game is at home against the Ottawa Redblacks on Sept. 13, giving Lulay more than a week to rest and recover.

|If the game was three days from now, it would be absolutely not (playing),'' said Tedford. "But we have a little bit of time before the next game. So we'll how (the knee) responds to treatment. But the No. 1 thing is: Take a look at the MRI and see what the extent of the injury is.''

If Lulay can't play against Ottawa, 34-year-old John Beck could go from being the CFL's oldest backup QB to its oldest healthy starting signal-caller, depending on the status of Toronto's Ricky Ray, 35, who has resumed throwing after missing all of this season's games with a shoulder injury suffered in 2014. After Lulay was hurt, Beck completed 14 of 22 passes and threw for a modest 114 yards and two touchdown passes against the Als. But Beck also threw two interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown.

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EDMONTON - The Edmonton Eskimos have signed kicker/punter Sean Whyte.

Whyte was awarded the Lew Hayman Trophy as the East Division most outstanding Canadian in 2011, when he set a Montreal Alouettes record with 24 consecutive field goals.

The native of White Rock, B.C., originally signed with the B.C. Lions in 2007.

He made his CFL debut on July 16, 2009, against Edmonton, and went on to make 27-of-35 field goals attempts and 30 converts. He also recorded 86 punts for 3,548 yards and five singles.

In 2011, he was traded to Montreal where he made 160-of-190 field goal attempts and 174 converts over five seasons. He also recorded 508 punts for 21,869 yards and 33 singles.

He was named an East Division all-star in 2013.

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CALGARY -- Calgary has signed receiver Ken-Yon Rambo to a one-day contract, allowing him to retire as a Stampeder.

Rambo played 98 games from 2005 to 2011 with the Stampeders and ranks among the franchise's top 10 all-time in receptions (406), yards (5,995) and receiving touchdowns (39).

In 2008 he became one of just four receivers in Stampeders history to record 100 catches in a season, and in 2010 he was one of three Calgary receivers to surpass the 1,000-yard plateau.

"I'm proud and thankful for this opportunity to retire as a Stampeder,'' Rambo said in a statement. "It's a great city, a great organization and the fans are the best of the CFL. I had so many great years in Calgary that I will always fondly remember.''

The 36-year-old Long Beach, Calif., native played in six playoff games for the Stampeders, putting up five catches for 84 yards in the 2008 Grey Cup game as Calgary defeated Montreal 22-14.

(Canadian Press)

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