Nichols looks good to go for Bombers

Nichols looks good to go for Bombers

Matt Nichols
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols (15) looks for his receivers during the first half of CFL action against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Winnipeg Friday, October 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Day 1 of the Matt Nichols watch provided plenty of evidence the Blue Bomber quarterback will be ready to play this weekend.

The Bombers returned to practice, Tuesday, and Nichols took his regular turn at the helm of the No. 1 offence, showing few signs of the finger injury he sustained in Friday’s loss to Hamilton.

Nichols did wear an altered glove on his throwing hand – only his ring finger and pinky were enclosed – but he wasn’t made available for interviews to talk about the pain he may have to play through against B.C., here, Saturday.

“I didn’t notice anything real negative at all,” head coach Mike O’Shea said. “But as usual, with anybody that’s nicked up a bit we’ll talk to them tomorrow morning and see how they feel. I give every player as much time as they need to tell me they can’t. The big thing is how they feel tomorrow morning after a day of practice.”

One of the CFL’s top quarterbacks this season, Nichols took some hard hits against the Tiger-Cats, at least one of which sidelined him for the second half.

With backup Dom Davis at the controls, the Bombers generated just three second-half points in losing 30-13 and falling to 10-4 on the season.

Running back/receiver Timothy Flanders did not practise, leaving his status in doubt for the weekend after he also left Friday’s game.

Receiver Julian Feoli-Gudino returned to practice after missing one game, and took Flanders’ spot in the offence.

Receiver Weston Dressler remained a spectator, Tuesday, O’Shea saying only he expects him back “soon.” 

Published at Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:49:56 -0400