HAMILTON — His season might be over, but Zach Collaros isn’t bailing on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The star quarterback suffered a season-ending knee injury in Hamilton’s 25-18 home loss to the Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday, a fact verified Monday when an MRI showed Collaros tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Collaros met with reporters Tuesday and said while he’s disappointed to be injured, his next step is waiting for the swelling in the joint to subside before undergoing surgery and beginning his recovery process.
Collaros, 27, plans to do his rehab in Hamilton and remain with his teammates for the rest of the 2015 season and fully expects to be ready to go come the start of training camp next summer.
With Collaros out of the lineup, backup Jeff Mathews is expected to be the starter when Hamilton (8-4) resumes its season Oct. 2 at Tim Hortons Field against Calgary.
Kent Austin, Hamilton’s head coach and general manager, doesn’t expect to make a trade for a veteran quarterback with Collaros gone for the season.
Collaros was enjoying a banner 2015 campaign, leading the CFL in passing yards (3,376), touchdowns (25) and passer rating (113.7).
Mathews replaced Collaros on Saturday and threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
The Canadian Press