Official: Bo Levi Mitchell returns from broken leg to start at QB for Stampeders

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has healed from his broken leg and is ready to return in Week 6 against the Edmonton Elks.

Mitchell watched from the sidelines as the Stamps lost in the Labour Day Classic 32-20 while falling to 1-4, last place in the West Division.

He suffered what turned out to be a fractured fibula on a late hit from former teammate Charleston Hughes during Calgary’s Week 1 loss to the Toronto Argonauts. He finished that game, threw a single-game career-high four interceptions while losing to the B.C. Lions in Week 2 and then was placed on the six-game injured list after undergoing X-rays.

The 31-year-old was diagnosed with a fractured fibula and he’s missed his team’s last three games as Calgary has fallen to the basement in the West. Mitchell was taken off the six-game injured list prior to the Labour Day Classic match-up against Edmonton in Week 5 and participated fully in multiple practices.

Mitchell has yet to reach his usual MOP-calibre level of play this year, completing 44-of-73 pass attempts (60 percent) for 542 yards, one touchdown, and five interceptions in two losses to open the season. The two-time Grey Cup champion will be back behind centre on Saturday in the Alberta capital.

Rookie Jake Maier started at QB with Mitchell sidelined. He threw for 939 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while completing 66 percent of his passes — three straight games over 300 passing yards, which set a CFL record.

Despite his impressive yardage production, the Stamps were 1-2 with Maier as the starter. Mitchell and his CFL record win percentage could help Calgary comeback and try to make the playoffs.

Mitchell started in the Stampeders back-to-back losses to start the season, opening the season 0-2 for the first time in his CFL career.

A two-time Grey Cup champion, 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.

Last season he left the Stamps’ Week 3 win against B.C. last season favouring his right arm, chest and shoulder area. Following the setback, Mitchell 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.

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