Zach Collaros benched by Chris Jones against Bombers, Brandon Bridge at QB for Riders

Zach Collaros was sent to grab some pine in Winnipeg.

Collaros completed 8-of-19 passes for 69 yards while being picked off twice by Bombers safety Taylor Loffler as the Riders trailed 31-0 when the 30-year-old was pulled after the first series in the third quarter.

TSN sideline reporter Sara Orlesky asked head coach Chris Jones at the half if Collaros would remain in at quarterback and he confirmed, but that only lasted one series, a two-and-out where Collaros threw an incomplete pass and dropped for a sack.

“I was going to give him the first series just to see if he could get something going there and then when we didn’t it was an opportunity to play Brandon [Bridge],” Jones said.

Jones was asked if he was concerned about Collaros.

“My name’s not chicken little, so I’m not going to sit here and start pointing fingers at anybody. If I pointed fingers at anybody it needs to be me.”

Brandon Bridge came into the game for Collaros, his first action since the Banjo Bowl in Week 13. Bridge completed 7-of-12 throws for 59 yards, but the 31-0 seeds had been sown.

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