An Anthony Calvillo concussion will sink Montreal Alouettes

Frank Doyle | Updated Aug 19, 2013


Right now, the Montreal Alouettes aren’t saying veteran quarterback Anthony Calvillo has a concussion – yet. But that’s exactly what they’ll likely be saying later this week and if that’s the case, you might as well stick a fork in them.

Calvillo left Saturday’s last-second 24-21 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders Saturday after taking a hit on the first play of the second quarter from defensive end Rick Foley. He didn’t return to the game and was forthcoming with reporters after the Als dropped to 2-5 on the year.

“I’ve got a headache, I felt it right when I got hit and from there it hasn’t gone away so they just kept me away from the game,” Calvillo told reporters. “I’m assuming that it is [a concussion].”

He’s scheduled for more tests Monday and the team said it would likely have an update sometime Tuesday. If this is a serious injury that keeps Calvillo off the field, it might be time to start playing for next year.

The Alouettes have been fighting an uphill battle since Marc Trestman left to coach the Chicago Bears in the offseason and the storm clouds are really starting to roll in now. Despite losing Calvillo and watching Josh Neiswander struggle as his replacement, the Als were in perfect position to win Saturday’s game after turning a pick-6 into a late fourth quarter lead. But again, they blew it and are now in major trouble in the terrible East Division.

Montreal has a quick turnaround with the powerful BC Lions coming to town Thursday and have a pile of injury concerns outside of Calvillo as well. Wideout Brandon London and linebacker Kyries Herbert were also hurt Saturday and this team just doesn’t have the depth to withstand a wave of injuries.

The Alouettes already rank last in the CFL in total offence and second-last in points scored. They also allow 28.7 points per game and are already on their second head coach of the season. To spell it out simply, this just isn’t a very good football team. So, losing Calvillo, their emotional and on-field leader at such a critical point of the season, is completely crippling.

If the veteran can’t go this week, you might as well just pencil it in that the Als will get pounded by BC, setting off a season-long freefall. Buckle up Als fans, this isn’t going to end well.