The Saskatchewan Roughriders came away with a crucial 30-25 victory over Calgary Sunday, but they almost didn't pull it off. Most of the game was relatively even, as it was 10-10 tie at the half and deadlocked at 13 shortly thereafter, but the Roughriders seemed to pull away with a 14-point run that gave them a 27-14 lead into the final 10 minutes. The Stampeders came awfully close to a comeback, however, notching 13 straight points of their own down the stretch before a Sandro DeAngelis field goal gave Saskatchewan a five-point lead inside the final minute. Even then, it wasn't a sure thing, as the Stamps had one last shot to win the game on their own final drive. They didn't pull it off, though, and the hit quarterback Kevin Glenn took on that last drive may prove even more concerning than not being able to pull off the win.
Quarterback injuries that may mean more than the results? Yes, we also saw that story elsewhere Sunday, as Ricky Ray left with an injury in the first quarter of the Argonauts' loss to the Alouettes. With Ray, the injury was clearly severe, as he watched the remainder of the game in street clothes. We don't know that's the case with Glenn yet, as the hit came with only two plays remaining, so he only missed a couple of snaps. However, it certainly didn't look good; Glenn was hit hard by Odell Willis (for the second-straight play in a row; Willis was flagged for late contact the first time, but wasn't penalized for the second hit), went to the ground, laid there for a while and appeared dazed, which could be evidence of a concussion. If that proves to be the diagnosis, he should be held out of next week's game at the very least.
That could be concerning for the Stampeders, as Glenn's already their backup quarterback; starter Drew Tate still hasn't recovered from his early-season injury and likely won't be back until near the playoffs, if then. Glenn's certainly a capable fill-in, but beyond him, it gets tougher. Bo Levi Mitchell's the next man up, and the CFL rookie only had 12 career three-down football passing attempts to his name (and just six completions) heading into Sunday's game. Beyond him, the only other quarterback on the Calgary roster (other than the injured Tate) is Canadian Brad Sinopoli, who was cut in training camp and only brought back after Tate's injury. Mitchell and Sinopoli both have potential, but they're not long on experience, and that could be crucial in what's shaping up to be a tough playoff race. The loss drops Calgary to 7-5, just one win ahead of the Riders in the fight for second place in the West Division and the right to host a first-round playoff game. If they want to maintain that spot, they'll need solid quarterback play, but it may prove more difficult to find if Glenn's out for any length of time.