Bombers may be with­out QB

The Daily Courier - - SCOREBOARD - By The Cana­dian Press

The Win­nipeg Blue Bombers’ quest for an elu­sive home play­off game might have hit a snag.

Starter Matt Ni­chols is ques­tion­able for Fri­day’s reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale at Calgary af­ter suf­fer­ing a leg in­jury in Satur­day’s 36-27 loss to the vis­it­ing B.C. Lions.

Ni­chols, 30, has started all 17 of Win­nipeg’s games, pass­ing for 4,472 yards with 28 touch­downs and just eight in­ter­cep­tions.

Run­ning back Andrew Harris (967 yards rush­ing, 100 catches for 829 yards) also left the B.C. game fol­low­ing a hel­met-to-hel­met hit, but he’s ex­pected to play.

Win­nipeg (11-6) is tied with Ed­mon­ton for sec­ond place in the West Di­vi­sion, two points ahead of Saskatchewan (10-7).

A win over Calgary or an Eski­mos loss to the Roughrid­ers on Satur­day would give the Bombers sec­ond and home field for the con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal Nov. 12.

That would be Win­nipeg’s first home play­off game since 2011. But the Bombers have been un­able to take care of busi­ness the last two weeks, los­ing to Toronto 29-28 and B.C. when a win in ei­ther game would have given them sec­ond.

If Calgary beats Win­nipeg on Fri­day and Ed­mon­ton dis­patches Saskatchewan, then the Eski­mos will host the Bombers in the West semi­fi­nal.

Saskatchewan would clinch third by beat­ing Ed­mon­ton and thus visit Win­nipeg in the West semi­fi­nal. The Bombers hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Ni­chols

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