Bombers QB Matt Nichols undergoes shoulder surgery; out for the season

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols won’t play another down in 2019.

Head coach Mike O’Shea:

“Matt Nichols sustained a significant shoulder injury in Week 10 from which he has been diligently rehabbing to try and avoid season-ending surgery and return to the playing field. After rehabbing conservatively for a period of six weeks, it was determined by the medical team that surgery would be required and a return to the field this season would not be possible. Nichols underwent successful surgery this afternoon.”

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. O’Shea originally said he 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. Since Nichols was sidelined, Chris Streveler took over the starting QB role.

The 32-year-old had an impressive 15-5 touchdown to interception ratio, but didn’t 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.

With Nichols down, it’s Streveler leading the Bombers.