Playoff hopes are hurt when the Alouettes lose QB Adams Jr. for six weeks

The broken bone in his shoulder that he doesn’t throw is not considered a threat to his career, says head coach Khari Jones.

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Alouettes starting quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season with a left shoulder injury suffered Monday against Ottawa.

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The veteran was placed on the six-game disabled list Tuesday and, although surgery is not required, Montreal has six regular-season games remaining and will potentially struggle to make the playoffs. Adams’s injury, a broken bone in his shoulder that doesn’t throw, said head coach Khari Jones, is not considered a threat to his career.

“I thought Vernon was playing solid,” Jones said during a video conference. “Having at least the regular season taken away from him is tough and difficult. I feel horrible for Vernon and us as a team losing their quarterback. It’s never a good thing. “

Adams was injured on a short run late in the fourth quarter after being tackled by defensive end Avery Ellis. He was replaced for the second game in a row by Matthew Shiltz, who led the Als 65 yards, culminating in a game-winning seven-yard touchdown run by running back Cameron Artis-Payne.

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“Shiltz did a great job for us the last two weeks,” Jones said. “He has a good understanding of the offense and is a very good athlete. Throw a good football. He made really great decisions in the closing minutes of that game. They were not easy shots. I have a lot of confidence in him. That is why he is here. “

Shiltz, 28, is in his fourth season with Montreal. In 47 games, he has completed 105 of 172 passes for 1,267 yards and five touchdowns. He has been intercepted nine times. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound player has not started a game since September 28, 2019 in BC, when he replaced the suspended Adams. Shiltz was 10 of 19 for 177 yards, a TD and an interception. The Als lost 25-23. It was only the second beginning of his career.

“With quarterbacks, time is an ingredient for their success,” Jones said. “You need time to practice and figure things out. I think he’s in a very good place and he’s ready for it. He was unfazed when he entered that game or the week before.

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“We are going to go ahead and win soccer games.”

Adams’ injury means Shea Patterson will be lifted off the practice list as Shiltz’s backup. The Als need to find a third quarterback and will likely add a free agent rather than trade him for one.

Many other CFL teams, including the three in the East Division, have won using more than one quarterback. Now it’s Montreal’s turn.

“Other teams have had to deal with this,” Jones said. “Regardless of whether they have won or not, I am still optimistic. We have to go out and win ”.

The Als (4-4) play in Ottawa on Saturday afternoon.

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