It’s official: Zach Collaros starts at quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Western Semi-Final.
Collaros took all the No. 1 QB reps during the week of practice after starting the Bombers’ final regular season game against the Calgary Stampeders. He passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns in the 29-28 victory.
Winnipeg sent their third round choice in the 2020 CFL draft to the Argos for Collaros and fifth round selection at the CFL trade deadline on October 9. If the Bombers re-sign Collaros, Toronto receives an additional first round pick.
The 31-year-old quarterback was placed on the six-game injured list by Saskatchewan following a head shot he sustained from Tiger-Cats’ linebacker Simoni Lawrence in Week 1. Collaros failed concussion protocol. The Argos traded a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Riders for Collaros in July.
The veteran quarterback missed four games in 2018 due to concussions. Collaros sat out three games due to a head injury in 2016 and missed time in 2014 after suffering a concussion while with Hamilton. The Ticats traded Collaros to Saskatchewan in January 2018 and the Riders re-signed him to an incentive-laden deal for the 2019 season.
Collaros has a 35-31 win-loss record while completing 65 percent of his passes for 16,758 yards and 92 touchdowns against 51 interceptions in 73 games over nine seasons. He led the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to a Grey Cup appearance in 2014, narrowly losing to the Calgary Stampeders.
The second start of the season for Collaros comes in the playoffs.