July 11, 2019

Quarterback Matt Nichols to start vs. Argonauts

Patrick Doyle/CFL.ca

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will have their starting quarterback on Friday night when they host the Toronto Argonauts.

Despite an injury scare last week, Matt Nichols was listed as the team’s starter on the depth chart released on Thursday.

The Bombers pivot was injured in Week 4’s contest against the Ottawa REDBLACKS in the third quarter. Nichols took a hit from linebacker Kevin Brown“>Kevin Brown following an 18-yard run, left the game and did not return.

Before his exit, Nichols completed 16 of 20 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown, staking the Bombers to 22-4 lead before being replaced by Chris Streveler.

Nichols went to the locker-room and later returned in street clothes, but was well enough after the game to speak to reporters.

“I feel great,” said Nichols after the contest. “Huge win for us, 3-0. Great start for this team this season and we’ll celebrate this one for a day and get ready to get back to work.

“It was dumb by me not sliding earlier, I know better than that,” he added. “Had to come out and with where it was in the game and everything, didn’t go back in. But right now I feel great.”

Linebacker Adam Bighill returns to the lineup after missing last week’s contest while receiver Chris Matthews is out and was placed on the one-game injured list.

The Bombers host the Argonauts on Friday night at 8:30 p.m. ET.