The Calgary Stampeders will have a familiar face in their lineup Friday night when the club plays host to the Edmonton Eskimos.
Quarterback Drew Tate, who underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in July, said he's a month ahead of schedule and will dress this week.
Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel confirmed that the 27-year-old will be the team's third-string quarterback, behind Kevin Glenn and Bo Levi Mitchell.
Tate was injured in a 39-26 loss in the Toronto Argonauts on July 7. It was originally expected he would be able to avoid surgery and miss 4-6 weeks after his initial MRI, but a decision to undergo surgery was made.
In two starts with this season, Tate has completed 30 of 41 pass attempts for an average of 8.9 yards per pass. He has thrown for two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Tate is in his fourth season with the Stampeders, having completed 184 of 272 passes, throwing 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions.