Matt Nichols has been rehabbing his throwing arm and shoulder injury.
“He’s coming in every day and working and coming in every afternoon and coming back in every morning. It’s just a process he has to go through,” head coach Mike O’Shea said.
“It’ll probably be another week or two before I can give you anymore progress than that.”
Nichols was hurt when B.C. Lions defensive end Shawn Lemon strip-sacked him in the fourth quarter of Winnipeg’s Week 10 win 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 Bombers were in control when Nichols left for the locker room and claimed the victory 32-16.
“He’s coming along, nicely. He had a pretty good smile on his face today and said he’s feeling pretty good,” O’Shea said.
The 32-year-old didn’t throw for over 300 yards in any of the nine games he started, but produced a sparkling 15-5 touchdown to interception ratio. Nichols has played consistent football, completing more than 71 per cent of his passes. Winnipeg was 7-2 with Nichols at the helm.
Second year QB Chris Streveler has taken over while Nichols works his way back to full health. The 24-year-old has gone 2-1 as the starter completing 38-of-62 passes for 436 yards with three touchdowns against two interceptions while rushing 36 times for 230 yards and four majors.
The Bombers sit 9-3 atop the West Division with the contributions from Nichols and Streveler. Winnipeg awaits the return of No. 15, but in the interim the dual-threat sophomore pivot has shown signs of growth.