TORONTO, ON – Toronto Rock forward Garrett Billings will miss the remainder of the 2014 season after suffering a torn ACL in Toronto’s 17-9 win over Vancouver on Saturday night. The NLL’s leading scorer underwent further examination earlier today by a member of the Rock medical staff after returning from Vancouver, BC yesterday.
“It was good to hear today that there doesn’t appear to be any further damage beyond the ACL tear,” said Billings. “It’s a long road back and it will be tough not being on the floor, but I’m confident in the other guys in the locker room that we are ready to make a strong push down the stretch.”
Billings was having a season for the ages and was on pace to break the league’s single-season scoring mark and capture his first league scoring title after finishing as the runner-up the last two seasons. The 28-year old from Langley, BC also eclipsed the 100-point plateau for the third consecutive season, an NLL first. Those numbers and personal accolades were definitely MVP worthy accomplishments.
General Manager Terry Sanderson has yet to announce what roster moves will take place to fill the spot on the active roster that will be vacated by Billings when he is placed on Injured Reserve.
“You can’t replace what we have lost in Garrett Billings,” said Sanderson. “We will practice on Thursday night and plan to make a decision at that point and be prepared for Saturday’s game.”
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