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Travis Lulay‘s season is officially over because of a knee injury, the BC Lions announced Tuesday.

The Lions noted Lulay suffered “significant ligament damage,” but didn’t specify the injury. After going down in Friday’s win over the Montreal Alouettes, it was reported that Lulay tore his ACL.

Lulay threw for 1,693 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Quarterback Jonathon Jennings will take over behind center when BC takes on the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday.

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Despite failing to earn a contract following a recent workout with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel is still eager to play in the CFL, a source told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Manziel is reportedly continuing to discuss a potential contract with the Tiger-Cats, though no deal is on the horizon.

“This is something he very much wants,” the source told Fowler.

Manziel worked out for the Tiger-Cats last week but the team decided not to sign him, reportedly because it saw “too many red flags” in the former Heisman Trophy winner. Manziel repeatedly had his work ethic and dedication to the sport questioned while playing with the Cleveland Browns.

Hamilton owns the Manziel’s negotiating rights, meaning the 24-year-old can’t sign with another CFL team unless the Tiger-Cats trade his rights.

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young issued an apology one day after the club hired former Baylor coach Art Briles and then released him amid intense public and league pressure.

Young apologized via the club’s website for the decision to bring in the disgraced coach:

We made a large and serious mistake. We want to apologize to our fans, corporate partners and the Canadian Football League. It has been a difficult season and we are searching for answers. This is clearly not one of them. We have listened, we are reviewing our decision-making processes and we will learn. We will go on. We want to thank our fans, partners and the CFL for their help and support.

Briles was dismissed by Baylor in May in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that rocked the institution. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie convinced the Tiger-Cats to drop the 61-year-old last night, just hours after they announced the hiring, according to Drew Edwards of 3DownNation.

Hamilton is winless on the season and sits dead last in the CFL in a number of offensive categories. Briles’ offense regularly ranked among the best in college football, and his familiarity with new head coach June Jones likely led to the move to bring him in.

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If OneRepublic didn’t impress you much at the 2016 Grey Cup halftime show, the CFL has booked someone who will for 2017.

Shania Twain will perform at halftime at the 105th Grey Cup on Nov. 26 at TD Place in Ottawa, the CFL announced Thursday.

“It’s an absolute honour to return to the Grey Cup stage in the nation’s capital during Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Twain, the top-selling female country artist of all time. “I’m thrilled to be coming home and being a part of the country’s biggest annual party.”

“Shania is a massive Canadian icon and a global superstar, so we are so excited that she will help us cap off such a significant year for our country at the 105th Grey Cup in Ottawa,” added Randy Ambrosie, CFL Commissioner. “This promises to be a fantastic event and a special performance for our fans and viewers across Canada and all around the world. I can’t wait to get the party started at my first Grey Cup as Commissioner.”

Twain previously performed at the Grey Cup halftime, in Edmonton in 2002. She will release her fifth studio album – “NOW” – on Sept. 29.

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Things haven’t gone well for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats so far this season, but Kent Austin isn’t hiding from anything.

The Ti-Cats’ head coach and vice president of football operations addressed the dire state of the franchise a day after a 60-1 blowout loss to the Calgary Stampeders and wasn’t willing to confirm that the entire team played its hardest for the full 60 minutes, according to Drew Edwards of The Hamilton Spectator.

“I can’t speak for the entire team,” Austin said. “I’ll know that better when I talk to the individual coaches and when we watch film.”

With a record of 0-5, Hamilton is the only team in the CFL without a win following Week 6. It has also given up a league-high 201 points while only managing to score 90 points, 51 fewer than any other club.

Austin understands these realities, and seems willing to take everything head on. What he isn’t about to do is speculate on his job security.

“I understand that. I can’t focus on that. I told the team, ‘we always start with ourselves first as a staff. I look at myself first, hold myself accountable,” Austin said. “I’m pretty honest and self aware and I’m not going to hide behind anything. I’m going to be very honest in evaluating that, getting better and doing right by our team.”

“This a pretty low point but I have a strong belief in our ability to overcome those things.”

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BC Lions fans, exhale.

The MRI results for starting quarterback Jonathon Jennings are in, and according to Farhan Lalji of TSN, the tests show no structural damage to his shoulder and the injury is now listed as a strain.

Lalji also reported that the strength and range in Jennings’ shoulder is “better than expected,” and that his timeline to return is now week-to-week.

Jennings was forced to leave Saturday’s game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after just one play when he suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder. Jennings later returned to the sidelines but did not re-enter the game.

Backup Travis Lulay was able to lead the team to victory in Jennings’ absence, so the Lions should be in decent shape if their starter’s stay on the injured list is short.

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The Montreal Alouettes and quarterback Drew Willy have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.

Willy had been searching for a new club after being released by the Toronto Argonauts following training camp. The pivot appeared in four games for the Argos last season after coming over in a trade from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The 30-year-old is a five-year veteran of the CFL, throwing for more than 8,500 yards and 39 touchdowns. He should provide Montreal with some insurance at quarterback behind starter Darian Durant.