Matt Nichols takes first-team QB reps at Bombers practice, could start against Lions

After the Bombers pulled quarterback Matt Nichols off the six-game injured list, Winnipeg’s top pivot took reps with the first-team offence at practice on Wednesday.

So Mike O’Shea are you going to name a starter for Week 4 against the Lions?

“Nope,” O’Shea said with a smile. “I thought Matt looked good today, but he’s been out four-plus weeks and it’s really a question of how he feels tomorrow more than how he felt today.”

Nichols went down in practice with a knee injury on June 6 and head coach Mike O’Shea said he was expected to miss four-to-six weeks. Back up Chris Streveler has gone 1-2 with Nichols out of the lineup. The Bombers first practice of the week was closed, presumably to keep prying eyes from seeing Nichols on the field.

“We’ll have a visit with [Nichols] tomorrow and make good decisions for the player as well as the team. If he feels good tomorrow then it gives me something else to think about,” O’Shea said.

The 30-year-old is coming off his best season in the CFL throwing for 4,472 yards and 28 touchdowns.

“He’s obviously a veteran leader that has won a bunch of games because he’s played extremely well and executed our offence and used our offensive weapons extremely well,” O’Shea said. “leadership, his competitive fire, all that stuff is right up there with all the best guys.”

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