The Lions' starter has been out since suffering a shoulder injury in a 36-14 win over Montreal on Sept. 15. Lulay was originally supposed to miss two starts then be re-evaluated, but a Lions spokesman said Monday that Lulay remains day to day and there are no immediate plans right now for him to play.
Lulay has been throwing lightly the last week. The Lions are scheduled to resume practising Tuesday and while the plan is for Lulay to continue rehabilitating and strengthening his shoulder, he could take some reps, again, if the joint responds well to the workload.
With B.C. (9-7) destined to finish third in the West Division, there's no good reason to rush Lulay back. The Lions' 35-14 road loss to Saskatchewan on Saturday not only moved the second-place Roughriders four points ahead with two regular-season games remaining, but gave them the season series 2-1 and tiebreaker if the two end up deadlocked.
B.C. is 2-3 since Lulay was hurt. The Lions won their first two games with backup Thomas DeMarco but he was just 13-of-31 passing for 147 yards with two TDs and four interceptions against Saskatchewan.
DeMarco is 88-of-160 passing (just 55 per cent) for 1,112 yards with eight TDs and eight interceptions since replacing Lulay. DeMarco's picks have come in the Lions last three games, all losses.
If Lulay remains sidelined, the expectation is DeMarco would make his sixth straight start Friday when B.C. hosts the Edmonton Eskimos.
PLAYOFF RACE: The six playoff teams have been decided. The Montreal Alouettes claimed the final East Division berth Saturday after the Toronto Argonauts beat Winnipeg 26-20 to eliminate the Blue Bombers from contention.
Montreal (7-9) can move into second spot in the East with a win Saturday over Hamilton (8-9). The Alouettes beat the Ticats 36-5 on Sunday and a victory in Guelph, Ont., would give them the season series and tiebreaker in the event of a season-ending tie.
Montreal finishes its regular season at Toronto on Nov. 1 with Hamilton visiting Winnipeg the following day.
If the Ticats win Saturday, they'll clinch a home playoff game. The second-place finishers in both divisions host the third seeds in the conference semifinals Nov. 10.
Hamilton will know before Saturday's kickoff whether it's still contending for first in the East.
Toronto (10-6) can cement top spot — and home field for the division final Nov. 17 — with a home win Thursday over Winnipeg (3-13). Even if the Argos lose to the Bombers, they'll lock up first if Montreal beats Hamilton on Saturday.
Toronto ends the regular season with home games versus Winnipeg and Montreal. But that's not necessarily an advantage considering the defending Grey Cup champions are just 3-4 at Rogers Centre in 2012.
The game of the week is Saturday when Calgary hosts Saskatchewan. The Stampeders (13-3) can clinch first in the West Division with a win or tie while the Riders (11-5), who've already cemented second, need the victory to remain in the hunt for top spot.
RECORD WATCH: Much attention this season has been focused on running backs Kory Sheets and Jon Cornish, but Calgary kicker Rene Paredes is on a record pace of his own.
Paredes has made 49-of-52 field goals this year, a 94.2 per cent success ratio. The CFL single-season record is 94.34 per cent, set in 2011 by B.C. kicker Paul McCallum (50-of-53 attempts).
Earlier this season, Paredes set the CFL record by hitting 39 straight field goals.
Paredes is also within striking distance of the CFL record for most field goals in a season. That mark is 59, set in 1990 by Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway.
Paredes leads the CFL in scoring with 196 points but has some work to do to reach Lance Chomyc's league record of 236 points set in '91.
Cornish and Sheets are 1-2 in CFL rushing with 1,690 and 1,556 yards respectively. Sheets opened the season by running for 100-plus yards (845 yards in total) in six straight games and seven of Saskatchewan's first eight (for 1,058 yards overall) before missing three contests with a knee injury.
With Sheets out, Cornish moved into the rushing lead. The native of New Westminster, B.C., needs 376 yards over Calgary's final two regular-season games to break Mike Pringle's single-season record of 2,065 yards.
Cornish requires 207 yards to break Willie Burden's club record of 1,896 yards (set in '75) and 310 to become the first Canadian — and second player overall — to reach 2,000 rushing yards in a CFL season.
Another player to watch is Ricky Ray. The Toronto Argonauts quarterback has a 75.6 per cent completion average and is threatening to break the single-season mark of 73.98 per cent held by current Calgary offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson.
Also, Ray has 0.8 interception percentage and is attempting to become first CFL quarterback to finish the season under 1.0.
JACKSON KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Former Ottawa Rough Riders quarterback Russ Jackson will be the keynote speaker at the Scugog Hall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday night.
Jackson, 77, helped Ottawa win three Grey Cups (1960, '68, '69) and three times was named the CFL's outstanding player. He claimed the top Canadian honour four times and was a three-time league all-star during his 12 seasons with the Rough Riders.
Jackson also spent two seasons as the Toronto Argonauts coach ('75-'76), compiling a 12-18-2 record.
NOTES: Singer-songwriter Beverley Mahood will perform the national anthem prior to the Toronto Argonauts' home game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday night while hip-hop artist Maestro Fresh Wes will perform at halftime. Still with the Argos, they added import defensive back Branden Smith to its practice roster Monday.