EDMONTON -- Believe it or not, Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Matt Nichols plans to be on the field with his teammates come training camp in June.
The news comes only four months after Nichols dislocated his left ankle and fractured his fibula on the same play during the Esks’ Eastern Semi-Final loss to the Argonauts at Rogers Centre back in November.
Nichols, who had remained quiet about his condition until last week, underwent successful surgery on Feb. 7 to remove a screw from his left ankle, allowing him to update his status and give everyone a better idea about where he is in the road to recovery.
“I think being here, first of all, with the trainers and being able to work with these guys every day, I think I’ve made huge strides over the last few weeks,” the 25-year-old quarterback said.
“Now I’m able to start jogging, doing ladder drills, some jumping. I think I’m progressing very well and, it being middle February, I feel very comfortable with where I’m at right now.”
Prior to suffering his injury in the third quarter of what would be Edmonton’s final game of the 2012 campaign, Nichols emerged as a leading candidate to take over the Eskimos’ starting position under centre in 2013.
For now, at least, Nichols is simply focused on rehabbing his ankle in time for camp so he can get back on the gridiron and help the Esks.
“As of right now there’s no reason to believe that there would be anything long-term that would affect me,” he said. “I’m pretty close to being 100 per cent in the next month, in my opinion."
“Obviously, there’s doctors’ opinions and my opinion and I feel great. I feel like there’s no doubt in my mind that I’m going to be ready to play."