Zach Collaros looked loose and drew a smile as he stood on the sidelines at BMO Field during pregame warmups conversing with TSN’s Matthew Scianitti and making the rounds to greet his new teammates on Thursday evening.

The relaxed mood proved true, as Collaros was cracking jokes with longtime beat writer Frank Ziccarelli while he answered questions on the trade that brought him back to the double blue, and the outlook on his current injury and what the timeline is for him getting back on the field.

“I’m excited to be here and meet everyone and chat to Coach Chamblin,” Collaros said. “I’m ready to learn some new things and get this team moving in the right direction.”

With the team at 0-6 and Collaros struggling through yet another head injury that’s derailed his season after taking a hit from Hamilton’s Simoni Lawrence on opening night, perhaps the reunion is just what each other need for a jolt heading into the second trimester of this season.

While not able to give an exact timeline on when he expects to be back and ready to play, he seemed optimistic about being able to suit up within the next few weeks.

“I feel a lot better than I did obviously six weeks ago,” Collaros said. “There’s been a lot of people who have helped me, not necessarily in this organization but in this province have helped me to get healthier and to feel better.”

Collaros’ CFL career began with the Argos back in 2012 after a successful four year career at the University of Cincinnati. The former Bearcat took off in 2013 while filling in for an injured Ricky Ray.

Playing in 18 games and starting eight of them, Collaros threw for 2,316 yards and 14 touchdowns to just six interceptions while contributing along the way in a season that saw the Argos reach the East Final.

While his career to this point seemingly peaked in Hamilton during the 2015 season, taking a risk on the 30-year-old could prove to be the best move Toronto has made to try and salvage their season, as the quarterback position has been nothing but a revolving door since camp began in June.

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Mitch Robson
Mitch Robson is a freelance sports writer living in Toronto. He lives for weekends in the fall.