Montreal Alouettes head coach Khari Jones was inevitably disappointed with his team's loss to start the season on Thursday night in Calgary, but he seemed even more concerned about the injury suffered by running back William Stanback.
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"It depends on how serious the injury is, but there's no point in speculating," Jones told reporters immediately after the 30-27 loss to the Stampeders. Obviously, we hate losing a player like Stanback.
The length of the absence of the American running back, injured in the second quarter not without having first scored the first touchdown of the Alouettes season, is not yet known. However, it would be very very surprising if he were able to participate in the Montreal club's next match, Thursday, June 16 in Toronto, against the Argonauts.
Throughout training camp, the Alouettes' coaching staff reiterated the importance of relying on depth in all positions to achieve success. If such a discussion surrounded the eternal debate on the team's quarterbacks, we will have to see if the Alouettes have any internal elements to make up for the loss of Stanback.
It's up to Jeshrun Antwi to win
In Thursday's game in Calgary, Jeshrun Antwi will have minimally taken over, without delay, even before the end of the second quarter, carrying the ball a distance of 70 yards following a single long run. Antwi, 24, ended the game with 98 rushing yards on seven possessions. He also caught three passes to add 16 yards.
In addition to Stanback, the Alouettes lost kick return specialist Mario Alford during the game against the Stampeders. Tyson Philpot made two of those returns on Thursday from 33 and 30 yards.
In the quarterbacks, Vernon Adams Jr. played the entire game for the Alouettes. Achieving a spectacular touchdown and another major through the pass, however, he threw two interceptions. Adams Jr. completed 18 passes on 32 attempts for 250 yards.