The B.C. Lions are optimistic that star quarterback Nathan Rourke will return from injury when expected, if not sooner, Lions co-general manager Neil McEvoy told CHEK's Don Taylor and Rick Dhaliwal on Tuesday.
"Nathan, this weekend, was throwing," McEvoy told Taylor and Dhaliwal on Donnie and Dhali. "It's to the point now we might have to reign him back a little bit just because you don't want him to get hurt or re-injured.
From talking to Nathan, he believes he is going to be on-time, if not better."
Rourke, 24, sustained a sprain in his right foot during the fourth quarter of a game against the Saskatchewan on August 20. The club later announced that Rourke would require surgery, sidelining him for at least 8-10 weeks.
In his first campaign as the starter with the Lions, Rourke quickly turned heads, leading the CFL in passing yards, TDs and completion percentage at the time of his injury. He was named CFL player of the week five times and was believed to be a contender for the league's Most Outstanding Player.
He is expected to return to the lineup late in the regular season.