Stamps QB Bo Levi Mitchell likely to come off six-game injured list early: report

The Calgary Stampeders may have notched their first win of the season without star quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, but their time without him might be shorter than initially feared.

As Postmedia’s Danny Austin reports, Stamps head coach Dave Dickenson believes his QB won’t last a full six games on the injured list.

“Dave Dickenson reiterates that he believes Bo Levi Mitchell will play before the end of his time on the “six-game” injured list, especially with how his recovery is going,” Austin said via Twitter. “Not sure it can be next week (Labour Day) but could be soon.”

Mitchell suffered what turned out to be a fractured fibula on a late hit from former teammate Charleston Hughes during Calgary’s Week 2 loss to the Toronto Argonauts. He finished the game, but was placed on the six-game injured list after undergoing X-rays.

Typical recovery for a break of that nature is four-to-six weeks. Players on the six-game can be removed at any time, though the salary of players who are activated early is retroactively added to the salary cap for all games spent inactive.

In Mitchell’s absence, rookie backup Jake Maier took the reigns and overcame a rocky start to lead Calgary to victory over the Montreal Alouettes. He completes 16-of-29 passes (55 percent) for 304 yards and his first ever touchdown pass in Canada, to go along with two first quarter interceptions.

Maier will again be under centre when the team takes on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday and should lead the team into the Labour Day Classic next week. After that, Mitchell’s return is a real possibility and the Edmonton Elks may have have a familiar Texas gunslinger to deal with come the rematch.

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