What was supposed to be the window of opportunity for Drew Tate to take over as the Calgary Stampeder QB, appears to have closed for the season.
In the second game of the season, Tate injured the same shoulder he experienced problems with in the 2011 preseason. After mulling over whether to attempt to come back or shut things down, Tate reportedly has opted for surgery. According to a release on the team’s website, Head Coach & General Manager John Hufnagel said “Drew stopped by my office this morning and told me about his decision to have his shoulder operated on. We are here to support Drew in his recovery and look forward to having him back on the football field in four months. Obviously, we will do everything we can to help Drew in his road to recovery.”
The former Hawkeye Quarterback will potentially have the opportunity to return in time for the CFL postseason, however it might be more beneficial to let his non-throwing shoulder heal and return next season as the Calgary leader.
Time will tell how long that window stays open.