Bombers’ QB Zach Collaros exits Week 10 game with upper-body injury

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ quarterback Zach Collaros has been ruled out for the second half of his team’s Week 10 matchup with the Edmonton Elks after sustaining an upper-body injury.

The 34-year-old completed two of five passes for just six yards through a quarter of action before he was injured early in the second quarter. The two-time reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player escaped a sack outside the pocket but lost his footing, flicking a desperate pass into the arms of veteran Loucheiz Purifoy for a pick-six as he fell to the turf.

The quarterback absorbed a late hit on the play from defensive tackle Kony Ealy and remained down for some time before retreating to the locker room. Head coach Mike O’Shea challenged the play for roughing the passer but the call on the field was upheld.

Collaros was the CFL’s leading passer through nine weeks, having completed 70.1 percent of his passes for 2,292 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. He was replaced with back up Dru Brown, who lead the team on two scoring drives before halftime to trail 22-10.