Bo Levi Mitchell plans to start throwing again soon and he’s got a target return game in mind.
“I would target Montreal. It’s the game I’m supposed to be back. That’s my plan as of right now,” Mitchell said.
“I’m not going to rush him. He’s the reigning MOP for a reason. He’s ready, he can play no doubt about it. I’m not going to try to save money, if he’s healthy he’s playing,” Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson said.
Calgary plays the Alouettes on Saturday, August 17. The Stampeders’ franchise pivot completed 23-of-34 passes for 252 yards with two touchdowns and one interception during the Stamps Week 3 win against B.C. prior to leaving the game late in the fourth quarter injuring his right pectoral muscle.
“Body’s feeling good. Rehab and getting all the muscles everywhere in the shoulder feeling good. Basically the process was what happened with my pec, just had to let that heal over three-to-four weeks and then go a little cortisone in there,” Mitchell said.
“Everything is kind of healed up. I’ll start throwing Friday and progressively throwing more and more. After this fifth game I’m allowed to practice next week, so take it slow in practice, see how I feel and then depending on how everything goes down these next couple weeks just be ready to go.”
Following the setback, the star QB was placed on the six-game injured list. It caused Mitchell to miss a start for the first time since 2014. Mitchell had the MRI on his pectoral muscle sent to renowned doctor Neal ElAttrache who works primarily out of Los Angeles. ElAttrache performed Tom Brady’s ACL surgery in 2008 and multiple operations on five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant.
The results and expert opinion came back from ElAttrache with a small issue that needed shrinking in order to subside the pain. It’s ElAttrache who will take care of the shot and ensure the league’s reigning MOP rehabs back to full health.
“When it’s your pec that’s such a big part of your throwing mechanics as you’re coming forward that it was just something I wasn’t allowed to push throw. The cyst was actually just pushing up against a nerve,” Mitchell said.
“Basically you just had to drain that, put some cortisone in there that shrunk it down, let that nerve get back into place. Ever since I got that, honestly strength, range of motion, everything has felt amazing. I’ve been able to hit rehab and haven’t had any snags.”
Mitchell played the majority of the 2017 season with tears in his throwing shoulder and elbow issues. That year he sought out ElAttrache as the doc developed a rehab plan which allowed Mitchell to keep playing. He managed to throw for 4,700 yards, 23 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while leading Calgary to the best record in the CFL at 13-4-1 despite the ailments. The 29-year-old hopes to return to the field pain-free.
“I haven’t felt pain the last week. That’s why we slowly come back in the throwing program just progress the right way just to make sure that everything is active and strong the way it’s supposed to be before you go out there and let something rip,” Mitchell said.
“This is my moneymaker, this needs to last me my entire career. I’m trying to make sure I do it properly so I come back strong the rest of the season.”