Stampeders’ QB Bo Levi Mitchell ‘nervous’ about coronavirus ramifications for the CFL

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Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell normally has nerves of steel.

Whether he’s standing in the pocket slinging touchdowns or throwing shade, Mitchell doesn’t lack confidence. But it’s difficult to determine with any amount of confidence how the coronavirus might affect the Canadian Football League.

“Training camp being in May, we’re a little bit nervous about it just because it’s unknown, we all have no idea. Guys are worried about Global players coming in, we’ve got guys from Italy that signed, we’ve got guys from Germany,” Mitchell said on Sportsnet 960 The Fan radio in Calgary.

“Everybody is a little bit worried just about what everything looks like when it comes to training camp and how it starts. Honestly, I trust in science, I trust in the doctors, so whatever happens, but if guys start to say it’s safe and we’re okay to do it, I’m going to be full go, ready to go.”

As of March 18 at 9 p.m. eastern time, there have been 690 confirmed cases in Canada. British Columbia tops the provinces at 231, Ontario next with 214, Alberta 119, Quebec 94, Manitoba 15, Saskatchewan two and the Maritime provinces six.

“My biggest fear has been my 10-month old daughter just being out and about. The scary part is you got a lot of young, healthy guys in that locker room who know they’re going to be healthy and if they get sick they’ll be sick for a couple weeks and be okay,” Mitchell said.

“But you worry about your kids or I’m sure Canadian players worry about their parents and grandparents. It’s hard to think about, but it’s the time we’re living in right now and we’ve all got to adjust and be prepared for the worst but hope for the best.”

Commissioner Randy Ambrosie cancelled the CFL combines amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation while the league is planning for contingencies.

“It’s more hoping that some things get figured out and things start to subside. But there is a lot more important things than sports. Unfortunately, as an athlete, that’s the way you have to think and you have to understand that,” Mitchell said.

“It’s hard for a lot of guys, we’re ingrained at such a young age: sports is all that matters and I’ll die for sports. So it’s tough to imagine not going to training camp on the chance of getting sick or the opportunity of it happening.”