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Stamps quarterback Tate says arm healing, but still not throwing the ball

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Drew Tate throws a pass as offensive lineman Dan Federkeil provides a block on Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive end John Chick in the first quarter of CFL football action against in Regina on July 5, 2013. Calgary Stampeders quarterback Drew Tate has a strained forearm muscle in his throwing arm. The right-handed Tate was on the field for Monday's practice at McMahon Stadium but didn't throw any passes.

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Drew Tate's status for an upcoming game against the Montreal Alouettes remained unclear, as the Calgary Stampeders quarterback didn't throw the football in practice for a second straight day.

Tate was diagnosed with a strained forearm muscle in his throwing arm on the weekend. He did not finish last Friday's 36-21 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, leaving with about five minutes remaining in the game.

The Alouettes host Calgary on Friday.

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Tate was on the field for practices Monday and Tuesday, but backup Kevin Glenn took snaps both days. Tate continued to practise footwork and simulate a throwing action without the football Tuesday.

"It's still sore," Stampeder coach and general manager John Hufnagel said of his quarterback's arm. "Nothing has improved to a point where he can throw yet.

"If he's throwing the ball tomorrow effectively, then he'll play."

Calgary and Montreal both opened the season 1-1.

Tate said he felt less pain in his arm than he had the previous day.

"Still day-to-day, I guess," the 27-year-old said. "That's all I can do. Wake up every morning, hope it feels better, get some treatment and come out here and have a good practice."

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