Riders’ Jones says there is a ‘chance’ Zach Collaros could start at QB against Eskimos

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have activated quarterback Zach Collaros from the six-game injured list.

Collaros has been recovering since Week 2 when Ottawa defensive lineman Avery Ellis put a hit on the 29-year-old and his helmet caught the pivot under the chin. That drove Collaros from the game as he underwent concussion protocol and did not return, leaving after completing 4-of-10 passes for 106 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

“It really started last week. He asked last week what’s the opportunities. I’m never going to put a guy out there that I feel like is injured or that can risk further injury. He seemed extremely good and our trainers assured me that he was fine, so that’s why we made the decision,” head coach Chris Jones said.

“He’s been in all the meetings, he’s been up in the booth, so he sees the inner workings of what we’re doing. He was our starter out of camp for a reason and hopefully, we can get him back in there playing. We’ll have to see exactly where Zach is before we know. There is a chance [he starts], yes.”

CJME reporter Arielle Zerr delivered an unknown nugget on Collaros.

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.

Collaros sat out three games due to a head injury in 2016 and missed time in 2014 after suffering a concussion. He 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.

 

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