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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers might be without quarterback Matt Nichols for longer than originally thought.

According to Winnipeg Sun reporter Paul Friesen:

Nichols isn’t coming back any time soon – there are whispers around the league he could miss most of what’s left of the regular season.

The veteran pivot left Winnipeg’s Week 10 win against B.C. favouring his right arm and shoulder. He went for an MRI and was placed on the six-game injured list. Head coach Mike O’Shea originally expected Nichols to be ready for a return after four-to-six weeks.

Nichols was hurt when he was strip-sacked by Shawn Lemon in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game at IG Field. Prior to leaving the game, Nichols completed 10-of-12 passes for 179 yards with one touchdown and one interception while scoring a QB sneak touchdown.

The 32-year-old has an impressive 15-5 touchdown to interception ratio, but hasn’t yet eclipsed the 300-yard mark in 2019. Nichols was playing consistent football, completing more than 71 per cent of his passes when he was on the field.

Since Nichols was sidelined, Chris Streveler took over the starting QB role. He’s gone 23-of-41 for 250 yards with one touchdown against two interceptions while rushing 25 times for 160 yards and two majors. The Bombers are 1-1 with Streveler at quarterback.

It’s clear the offence is more efficient especially throwing the football when Nichols takes the snaps, but the timeline for his return seems to be up in the air.

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