The Edmonton Eskimos sent out a press release this morning announcing that quarterback Matt Nichols has had a successful second surgery on his ankle. The procedure was to remove the screw that was put into his left ankle on Nov. 12, after he’d dislocated it in the Eskimos’ playoff loss on Nov. 11 in Toronto.
“Our medical staff is monitoring Matt closely and feels confident he will be ready to compete in training camp,” Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed said in the release.
A healthy Nichols will make for an intense battle for the starting QB job. The Eskimos traded for and signed former B.C. Lion Mike Reilly on Jan. 31, two weeks before CFL free agency began and a week prior to Nichols’ second surgery. Reilly has been very forthright about his intention to start. Today, Nichols will get his say.
Nichols will speak with the media at 1:30 this afternoon. It will mark the first time he’s spoken publicly about his injury since he’d had his first surgery.
Some background on the injury: Nichols’ initial reaction to the injury and surgery when he’d arrived back in Edmonton from Toronto and a blog from Nov. 14 on his post-surgery Tweet.
More to come …