Riders’ Jones says Collaros ‘won’t miss’ Redblacks game ‘unless there’s setbacks’

Zach Collaros passed concussion protocol and been symptom-free ever since Jeff Hecht drove him into the turf hit during the Banjo Bowl.

“Until our medical staff…I didn’t even have a discussion with them, if they thought that he could play they would come tell me. So we’re not going to put anybody out there and put them in harm’s way,” head coach Chris Jones said.

Collaros was back on the field Tuesday with his Riders teammates at practice.

“We went strictly by the book, they told me yesterday that he had no symptoms or anything and that he was fine. So I’m going off what our professionals have told us and if there’s no setbacks he should be OK,” Jones said about Collaros starting on Saturday against the Ottawa Redblacks.

“No, he won’t miss the game. Unless there’s setbacks he won’t miss the game.”

Jones stated the Riders are 5-1 with Collaros as the starting quarterback. Saskatchewan acquired Collaros via trade in January and paid him $225,000 upfront upon agreeing to a reworked deal worth $430,000 for 2018.

“Any time your starting quarterback is on the sideline, it’s concerning for you. We do have a really good backup in Brandon that’s been here for a couple years and won ball games. He’s got a different skill set from our other quarterbacks, so calling plays for him is different from calling plays for Zach. We’re fortunate to have that situation,” Jones said.

“We’ll have all three of our quarterbacks prepared to play and if we have to go to Brandon or to David we’ll be prepared and we’ll have a package for Nick Marshall. We’ll have the ability to run plays with or without Zach.”

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