Blue Bomber nightmare: injury to Matt Nichols is “bad,” per source

Winnipeg Blue Bomber quarterback Matt Nichols suffered an injury in training camp today. It was a non-contact injury which happened while Nichols was dropping back to pass in a drill.

The injury to Nichols’ leg is “bad,” per source, an early prognosis that should (obviously) be of major concern to Bomber fans. Nichols has torn his ACL once before (2013) and we’ve recently seen a CFL starter (Darian Durant, 2015) tear an Achilles on a non-contact injury while delivering a pass.

Winnipeg’s quarterback depth is thin behind Nichols. Alex Ross, a second-year man who has attempted just twelve career CFL passes, is currently considered the primary back-up. Chris Streveler, who was a perfect 10-of-10 passing in the Bombers’ first preseason game, has been getting the next most reps in training camp. He is a rookie out of South Dakota with no prior professional experience.

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78 Comments on Blue Bomber nightmare: injury to Matt Nichols is “bad,” per source

  1. AwaitingModeration // June 6, 2018 at 3:31 pm //

    So, for whom do the Bombers trade with other CFL teams for a reasonably experienced replacement starter?

    • Likely Vernon Adams from Hamilton. Ticats desperate need for a Canadian receiver, probably Demski

      • We need to keep adams.

      • Jeff Garcia's Agent // June 6, 2018 at 5:18 pm //

        No way Winnipeg trades Demski for Adams. They’d be more likely to bring in a recently released QB (like Marquise Williams) than let go of their “hometown hero”

      • Are you just randomly making stuff up? Adams is currently hurt and there’s no way the bombers are trading Demski for him…he’s worth maybe a second round pick and a neg list player

        • Worth is relative. If Nichols’ injury is serious, as is likely, they will be in great need. Ticats will probably challenge for first in the East as-is; they have no incentive to want to give up something Winnipeg, a team playing in a MUCH tougher division, needs badly.

      • While I’m not big on Adams, I would want more than Demski given Demski’s habit of picking up injuries. Durability has been an issue for him since college. With the Bombers likely desperate I would insist on getting a solid return for Adams and not a question mark player. Demski is a helluva talent but he’s no good to anybody when he’s in the tub for significant portions of the season.

    • There’s not much to pick from on other CFL teams right now. Rest assured that the Esks won’t be parting with Kevin Glenn anytime soon..,,

    • Cat Fan // June 6, 2018 at 4:11 pm //

      Or do they wait to sign one that the Argos release?

  2. Another year, another Grey Cup not going to Winnipeg. This was the first year they actually looked as though they were serious contenders, possibly even the favorites…….maybe 2019?

  3. Johnny Blumpkin // June 6, 2018 at 3:36 pm //

    Sweet clickbait. Hodge rarely has a clue.

  4. Red White Dynamite // June 6, 2018 at 3:38 pm //

    Sounds like an Achilles to me. Speedy recovery Matt.

  5. Vernon Adams to Winnipeg? He’s been around the league a few years. He’s had some playing time. He’s mobile.

    • Vern Adams has already proven that he’s incapable of being a pro level QB.

      Might as well propose they bring back Justin Doltz or Joke Elliott if you’re suggesting Vern Adams.

  6. RANDALL HOOK // June 6, 2018 at 3:41 pm //

    Perhaps Dan LeFevre can be coaxed out of retirement, Adrian McPherson is playing in an arena league, who owns the rights to Ryan NASSIB? What about Josh Johnson JEERROD Johnson Thad Lewis, RAKEEM Cato and numerous other possibilities

  7. Paul Smith // June 6, 2018 at 3:44 pm //

    Hello Darian, we’re sorry what we said about you.

  8. Jack in Hamilton // June 6, 2018 at 3:44 pm //

    Hate to see any player go down like that. But I am old enough to remember many Bombers fans cheering a season ending injury to Durant at the Banjo Bowl in 2014. Karma.

    • I remember that cheering for Durant’s injury well. However, as Rider fan I am saddened by the reports of a possible injury to Nichols. This is bad for the league and terrible for bomber fans. I hope this is all a bunch of fuss over nothing just like the Trevor Harris nick.

  9. For the love of Joke Mack, DO NOT make a panic trade and give away assets for some scrub QB.

    Strevler looked comfortable running the pop gun offence against Edmonton. As he progresses throughout the season LaPolice can open things up a bit more to take advantage of his arm strength.

    Sorry about your luck Nichols, but losing him will be s blessing in disguise for Winnipeg.

  10. LeFevour is a good idea. Cato came in and had some success very quickly in Montreal. Not sure what happened after that. Adrian McPherson? Now that’s a blast from the past.

    • Dan LeFevour is serviceable in short yardage situations, but other than that he’s absolutely atrocious as a QB.

      Adrian MacPherson is comically bad – – yet another no-talent scrub I had the displeasure of seeing first hand in Toronto.

      As for Cato, he’s got the physical ability to be a serviceable QB but he’s way too volatile and unstable to be the leader of a team.

  11. White Horse // June 6, 2018 at 3:49 pm //

    If this freak sh$t can happen to Matt Nichols then it can happen to BLM. Then BB and Stamps are screwed!!
    No team will send a experienced QB or viable prospect to any team. Both BB and Stamps were dealt a severe upper cut before training camp.

    • Yes, losing starting QBs hurts the entire league.

    • None of those three Quarterbacks deserve your overly critical evaluations. Lefevour is not a back QB at all, McPherson never got a real chance as backup to AC, and Cato had to deal with Carter on his back- enough said.

      • Addressed to Area 51.

      • Hasn’t been a peep of complaint from any Rider QB’s about Carter in his time here and all evidence suggests that Carter is a respected teammate in Saskatchewan. The hate Carter has received is a classic case of people who have a bias against players with “too much” personality.

  12. Pierce, Nichols…Bombers just don’t have luck with QB’s. Where’s Dieter???

  13. Ridersfan // June 6, 2018 at 4:05 pm //

    I don’t care what team you cheer for or what team you hate in the CFL, but Matt Nichols injury is not good for the league and hopefully it’s not serious!

  14. How about Drew Tate or Ryan Lindley….just a thought

    • Cat Fan // June 6, 2018 at 4:14 pm //

      Lindley might be workable though he didn’t show well in Ottawa, beyond short yardage.

      Tate seems to be hurt as soon as he is starter so unless the O Line is rock solid, I wouldn’t think it would be worthwhile.

    • Ryan Lindley? Bahahaha….

      Lindley is the second worst QB in CFL history – – Seth Doege being the absolute worst.

    • Sorry but Lindley was embarrassing. He should be out of football. I bet the Bombs will be pleasantly surprised with the backup the have now as a starter! He looked good last week! Reilly 2.0? Too soon? Lol

    • Drew Tate has accepted a coaching job with Coastal Carolina University. His playing days are done.

  15. Bill deHoog // June 6, 2018 at 4:16 pm //

    From an Ottawa fan…I hope it isn’t serious and that Matt is back soon
    If they have to trade for one, teams will be asking a small fortune
    Good luck Matt

  16. Even though he’s far on the depth chart for Hamilton…how about Everett Golson….he showed promise …..I reaching guys !!! Help me.

    • Newsflash – Everett Golson isn’t even ON the Ticats roster. H wasn’t resigned in free agency! Besides the M & Ms, they have Adams as noted above, Dane Evans and Bryant Moniz. I suspect at least one of them won’t make the final cut so Bombers don’t need to panic. Just wait to see who might be cut this weekend.

  17. Huff's Neighbor // June 6, 2018 at 4:22 pm //

    Really crappy news. It is not good for the CFL when the starting QB’s get injured. We need them. It’s a passing league and wins losses hang on a good QB more than any other aspect. Hopefully he can recover. Certainly not a bomber fan, but I am a CFL fan and it’s a better league when all the best players are playing the games.

  18. Scottsask // June 6, 2018 at 4:24 pm //

    Not good for Bomber fans or the league. Speedy recovery Matt.

  19. MR. Green // June 6, 2018 at 4:26 pm //

    They still have a top RB, good recievers. That kid did well, never saw the game and who heplayed against, but still promising. This sucks. I believe Nicholls had this injury in Edmonton, did he not? I believe whoever looses that 2nd job in Toronto will still be 3rd, unless you make a good offer,where Montreal should be in on it too. Alex Ross needs a good preseason game. That will be interesting to see who plays better. Either way, they still have plenty of talent there on both sides of the ball.

  20. Gord holmberg // June 6, 2018 at 4:35 pm //

    Build a brick wall in front of Ken Ploen and we’v Got it made!

  21. Wideout // June 6, 2018 at 4:44 pm //

    I thought Mitch Gale looked O.K. when he started a few games for Riders a couple years ago. He was then with Calgary and B.C. so hasn’t been sitting to long on the sidelines.

  22. Macavity // June 6, 2018 at 4:50 pm //

    No point in air-lifting, sadly, there is no one with real experience (except Glenn) out there. I suppose if Argos go with Franklin….

    Nope, just hang on tight and hope he’s back soon enough to make a late run for a spot….

  23. rogieshan // June 6, 2018 at 4:55 pm //

    If Manziel ups his game quickly enough, maybe Hamilton would consider dealing Masoli to avoid an inevitable QB controversy.

  24. Stuart Tarry // June 6, 2018 at 4:56 pm //

    I am sure they have left a message on Darian’s machine.

  25. Ari Katz // June 6, 2018 at 4:56 pm //

    Joe, I have similar thoughts and I would take that trade any day of the week. Demski would look good in Hamilton. Problem is that Vernon Adams has not stood out at Hamilton camp but I could see this occurring. Hamilton may have have to throw in one of their backup Canadian o lineman. I like Dane Evans and I think the Ticats do as well and a move like this would allow Dane Evans to be developed further as the third string quarterback.

  26. I wonder if BC would trade Travis Lulay at this point. Probably not – he would have been a good fit for Montreal.

    • Red White Dynamite // June 6, 2018 at 5:05 pm //

      How many games would anyone get out of Lulay at this point? He has his own injury issues

    • BC Dave // June 7, 2018 at 12:13 am //

      I wouldn’t count on that happening Frank. You need two starters in the CFL at least. Mind you a lot might ride on Ricky Lloyd’s progress and if Hervey feels that the only way he can fill any holes is via trade but I really do not see it.

  27. Good luck the Alouettes couldn’t find a QB the entire offseason (the past 5 years) If Nichols is out the year season over.

  28. Chris AB // June 6, 2018 at 5:12 pm //


    • Really? He was playing against Edmonton’s 2’s & 3’s so not a true indication of what he can do…..

  29. Did anyone watch Streveler against Edmonton?

    The ONLY way you’re going to find a franchise QB – – like Mike Reilly, Ricky Ray, Levi Mitchell or Zach Collaros – – is to give a young unknown guy an opportunity to start.

    It’s hopeless to waste time on proven failures from the NFL – – like Manziel, Vince Young, Joke Freeman or Ryan Lindley. ZERO chance of those washed out hacks developing into a franchise QB.

    The pop gun offence that Winnipeg runs is ideal for a rookie QB to step into and be in a position to succeed.

    Streveler needs to be the first option for the Bombers.

  30. Convince LeFevour to unretire!

  31. True Blue // June 6, 2018 at 5:34 pm //

    Thanks to all the opposing fans who didn’t cheer this on. NO fans should cheer on an injury to the other team’s players.

    I disagree with bringing LeFevour back, I’d rather take a chance with Streveler and give him a shot, he could be a hidden talent based on his performance against Edmonton. Ross did not look good. Hoping the injury isn’t as serious as initial reports are suggesting. I think we all want to play the other guy at their best and not when they’re vulnerable, otherwise the win doesn’t mean as much.

    Go Bombers
    Go CFL

  32. Corky Jones // June 6, 2018 at 6:24 pm //

    Lol. Streveler comes in against a bunch of scrubs and looks good. New hero !!!

  33. Corky Jones // June 6, 2018 at 6:30 pm //

    Hey true, I hope you weren’t in the stadium the day Durant got injured Everybody was booing him as he left the field. I was there getting beer thrown at me in the stands because I had my green on. Worst fans in the league

  34. True Blue // June 6, 2018 at 7:16 pm //

    Not sure why my comment is awaiting moderation… nothing bad in it at all…you guys are something else 3D

  35. True Blue // June 6, 2018 at 7:24 pm //

    Corky, I wasn’t. Like I said, it’s not ok if anyone does it. There have been incidents with jerks at games with both of our teams and I’m sure all teams . I defended a Rider fan against one clown at Banjo Bowl last year. It’s supposed to be friendly rivalries. There’s jerks within every fan base, in green too. A buddy of mine ended up in the hospital at labour day years back. When it crosses a line it’s no longer fun or funny

  36. True Blue // June 6, 2018 at 7:29 pm //

    Here I was thanking people for holding the shots and then a shot is fired?!. Real classy… You wanna start chucking crap after a focus on a positive? Worst fans? The fan bases aren’t much different pal, there’s good ones and crappy ones. I’ll leave it at that. I always try to post pretty positive and then guys like you respond in a negative? Glass houses pal. I’ll end it here, not worth it.

  37. CowtownDave // June 6, 2018 at 7:36 pm //

    He always looked like the high school gym teacher. 28 and counting for the Blue faithful.

  38. The only player that Hamilton would covet would be Andrew Harris and that would mean Masoli or Johnny would be exchanged.Not going to happen!

  39. Tom Canada // June 6, 2018 at 10:08 pm //

    Jets season is only a few months away

  40. send Masoli to stamps

  41. Gimme some Slack. Reggie!!!

  42. Sounds like they’re trying to talk Drew Tate out of retirement, having just accepted a college coaching position. If Nichols is out long term, Tate would give them a fighting chance, at least. Tough situation for them, regardless.

  43. Antlerman // June 7, 2018 at 1:23 am //

    Make a move for Kevin Glenn

  44. Tiger man // June 7, 2018 at 8:24 am //

    I was listening to a sports radio station this morning and one of them was speculating about the Bombers bringing “back” Durant!!??

    The others suggested immediately that the old guy burned his bridge there a couple of weeks ago with his theft of the signing bonus….

    Just saying…not agreeing….

  45. Buck Pierce is still an athlete? or put the call in to Michael Bishop.

    • Tiger man // June 7, 2018 at 9:07 am //

      Pearce is coaching….too many concussions…Bishop has a strong arm…not really a quarterback…he’s an arm punter….

  46. Pennyrocker // June 7, 2018 at 10:40 am //

    Durant was on his way to another great year when he took a cheap shot from the Bombers after the whistle went. Do you really think he would be interested in returning to the Bombers. He took his money and retired.

  47. Edward Ellis // June 7, 2018 at 8:32 pm //

    While we’re picking ridiculous replacements, how about seeing if we can get Jason Maas to play a couple for us? lol
    Seriously – we gotta give what the new guys a shot.Let’s see what tomorrow holds.

  48. Pennyrocker // June 7, 2018 at 9:26 pm //

    It is oblivious Bomber need a Starting QB. Make them pay big time for a QB. Otherwise let the Bomber drown.

  49. Colourmegreen // June 7, 2018 at 11:02 pm //

    It’s a short term job until Nichols is back. Why would anyone come out of retirement?

  50. Sask5150 // June 8, 2018 at 7:50 pm //

    You might as well get your $70,000 worth and try and bring DD out of retirement.

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