Star quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell continues to nurse groin soreness during training camp.
The Calgary Stampeders franchise man has been sidelined for nearly a week and missed the team’s scrimmage last Saturday.
“I’m hoping he can do more, he’s trying to get back to feeling like himself. Bo is still tight he says, so I’ll wait, I’m good with it,” head coach Dave Dickenson said in a videoconference.
“I’d like to think we could ramp it up before the end of camp, but if the body is not telling him that he feels like he should, then we listen.”
A two-time CFL Most Outstanding Player, Mitchell reached 60 career wins in just 72 starts, which is the fastest mark of any quarterback in league history, but struggled with injuries for the first time in 2019.
The 31-year-old left the Stamps’ Week 3 win against B.C. last season favouring his right arm, chest and shoulder area. Following the setback, the two-time Grey Cup champion was placed on the six-game injured list, causing Mitchell to miss a start for the first time since 2014.
That unfortunate right shoulder setback limited him to 11 games. He passed for 3,464 yards with 19 touchdowns against 11 interceptions while completing 66 per cent of his attempts, opting for surgery in the off-season.
Mitchell’s lower body is now the issue, but the injury is reportedly nothing more than wear and tear. The Stampeders bench boss is being overly cautious rather than risk losing their No. 1 passer for any length of time in the regular season.
“I would like if he just had smooth sailing, he did a lot in the off-season, but sometimes in camp you get tweaks,” Dickenson said.
“It’s sure made me miss him out there.”