It’s not as bad as originally feared, but the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will still be without their No. 1 quarterback and most important player for the next 4-6 weeks.
Matt Nichols, who suffered a knee injury on a non-contact play on Wednesday in practice, will start the season on the six-game injured list.
It’s not exactly good news, but it’s better than what many people feared when he first went down, which was a torn ACL in his knee.
“We’re gonna put him on the six-game, like we do with anybody who is out 4-6 weeks,” Bombers coach Mike O’Shea said. “That’s an administrative thing. So, if he’s healthier in four, which I would think he would be, then he’ll come off the six-game and we’ll decide what we’re gonna do. I always expect a player is going to be four, rather than six.”
Nichols was not going to play in Friday night’s final exhibition game in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions anyway. Alex Ross and Chris Streveler, who have been duelling in the pre-season for the primary backup job, will now be competing to see which one gets the opening-day start next Thursday at home against the Edmonton Eskimos.