Tate enters 2013 CFL season with familiar durability question mark

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    by CalgaryHerald.com

    Dave Dickenson can predict the pending barrage of questions directed at Drew Tate just as plainly as he can spy a defence on the verge of an all-out blitz.

    The Calgary Stampeders offensive co-ordinator realizes his quarterback must stare down a never-ending stream of queries about his health before the ball is even snapped to open the 2013 Canadian Football League season.

    For oft-concussed Dickenson dealt with a similar line of questioning about perceived fragility throughout his storied 12-year playing career.

    “I think it’s certainly something that Drew is probably already tired of,” Dickenson says. “But the best thing to do to not have to answer those questions is to last a couple of years.”

    Dickenson, now 40, pauses for a moment, then laughs.

    “I never could, though.”

    Seemingly on the verge of CFL stardom, Tate’s durability is the No. 1 question surrounding a Stampeder team that looks an awful lot like the group that marched all the way to the Grey Cup, only to fall 35-22 to the Toronto Argonauts.

    Against all odds, the Stampeders made it to the championship game last season in spite of a campaign marred by injuries to their starting quarterback.

    First came the separated shoulder in Week 2. Then came the fractured right forearm in the West Division semifinal win over Saskatchewan.

    So please, let us be the first to pose the question: can Drew Tate stay healthy for an 18-game season?

    Vicki Hall, Calgary Herald
    Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports...+Tate+enters+2013+Canadian/8422029/story.html

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