Matt Nichols starts for Redblacks against Elks despite shoulder injury

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Matt Nichols was under centre for the Ottawa Redblacks when they took the field against the Edmonton Elks on Saturday.

The veteran quarterback was listed as questionable due to a right shoulder injury.

Nichols signed a two-year contract with the Redblacks in January which runs through the 2022 season. It included a $200,000 report and pass bonus with the chance for him to make $317,000 in hard money this year. His base salary is $105,000 with $12,000 possible in housing payments on a per game basis.

The ten-year CFL veteran has thrown for 18,363 yards, 108 touchdowns, and 60 interceptions while completing 66 percent of his attempts. He’s also recorded 140 carries for 617 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground en route to a 45-28 win-loss record as a starter.

Nichols won a Grey Cup with the Bombers in 2019 but missed the postseason due to a shoulder injury. The 33-year-old is backed up by Dominique Davis, who threw five touchdowns and fourteen interceptions as Ottawa’s starter in 2019.