Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell missed practice on Thursday.
UPDATE: QB Bo Levi Mitchell did not partake in practise today. Backup Nick Arbuckle had workload dramatically reduced due to elbow tightness. #3 Montell Cozart did bulk of work.
— Mark Stephen (@Markonfootball) August 15, 2019
Mitchell had targeted Saturday, August 17 as his return date after a stint on the six-game injured list due to a pectoral injury. The Stampeders’ franchise pivot has been sidelined since Week 3.
The setback 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. The results and expert opinion came back from ElAttrache with a small issue that needed shrinking from a cortisone shot in order to subside the pain.
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.
Calgary saved over $100,000 on the salary cap with Mitchell needing the full span of time on the six-game injured list. The 29-year-old hopes to return to the field pain-free, which is why the Stamps are being cautious with Mitchell.