Jones: Riders QB Collaros ‘should be fine’ after the bye week

Zach Collaros was spotted by TSN cameras in the box watching the Riders lose to the Stampeders on Saturday night.

That seems to be a positive sign.

“It looks as if after the bye he should be fine. It looks precautionary,” head coach Chris Jones said about the timetable for Collaros to return to the field.

Saskatchewan plays Edmonton in Week 8, then have a bye week and play against Calgary in Week 10 at home.

Jones has said he doesn’t want to mess around with a concussion situation. The Riders bench boss has been direct: Collaros has to be 100 per cent or he won’t put him back in the lineup.

During the second quarter in Week 2 against the Redblacks, Ottawa defensive lineman Avery Ellis put a hit on Collaros and his helmet caught the pivot under the chin. That drove Collaros from the game as he underwent concussion protocol and did not return to the game, leaving after completing 4-of-10 passes for 106 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

The 29-year-old sat out three games due to a head injury in 2016 and missed time in 2014 after suffering a concussion. Collaros was acquired in an off-season trade from Hamilton. He won the starting job out of training camp and completed 18-of-25 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown in Saskatchewan’s 27-19 Week 1 victory against Toronto.

Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge has completed 68-of-104 passes for 669 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions while going 2-2 as the starter in place of Collaros with rookie David Watford mixing in when Jones feels it’s warranted.

When Collaros does come back it will be intriguing to see how Jones deploys his quarterbacks, but for now, more recovery time is needed.

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