In the midst of the Edmonton Eskimos’ season-ending loss on Sunday, Matt Nichols’ ankle injury took on a life of its own. The injury — he was hauled down to the turf in the third quarter and dislocated his ankle, leaving his foot pointing in the wrong direction – led to an outpouring of support from CFL players and fans across the country.
A sample of that reaction is below, with Nichols’ teammates and players from around the league wishing the 25-year-old well.
The picture of Nichols’ dislocated ankle is a gruesome one and its shock value raced across the Internet on Sunday and Monday. Nichols trended as high as seventh in Canada on Twitter after he left the game and news of what had happened to him was picked up by Deadspin, Complex and the Huffington Post.
The injury wasn’t as bad as it looked. Nichols said yesterday that he’ll have a pin inserted in his ankle to hold it in place for the next three to four months. When the pin comes out, he’ll begin to work to get his cardio and leg strength back to where he needs it to be so he can report to training camp in June, ready to try and assume the starting quarterback job with the Eskimos.