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August 19, 2019

O’Shea: Bombers’ Nichols out at least 4-6 weeks

Jason Halstead/CFL.ca

WINNIPEG — Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols will be placed on the six-game injured list and will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks, Head Coach Mike O’Shea announced Monday.

The Bombers’ starting pivot suffered an upper body injury during the team’s win over the BC Lions in Week 10. The injury was sustained on a hit by Lions defensive end Shawn Lemon.

Sophomore quarterback and 24-year-old Chris Streveler will start when the Bombers take on the Edmonton Eskimos on Friday night, while O’Shea added the club will look to sign a third-string quarterback this week.

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Nichols was in the midst of a career season with the Bombers, compiling a 15:5 TD to INT ratio while leading the CFL with a quarterback rating of 107.2. His 8.1 yards per attempt marks his best stint as a starting quarterback in the league.

While Streveler has spent most of his time in short-yardage, the 6-foot-1, 216-pound University of South Dakota product has generated plenty of excitement in his season and a half in the league, totaling 15 touchdowns and 617 yards on the ground in addition to 12 passing touchdowns and eight interceptions.

At 7-2, the Bombers will put their first-place standing on the line in a battle with the Eskimos at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium in Week 11.