Col­laros vague about sta­tus

Toronto Star - - SPORTS - RYAN MCKENNA THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Mys­tery sur­rounds who will start at quar­ter­back for Saskatchewan on Sun­day in the West Divi­sion semi­fi­nal de­spite the Roughrid­ers’s so­cial me­dia ac­count say­ing oth­er­wise. The team an­nounced on Twit­ter that Zach Col­laros would make his 15th start of the sea­son against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers af­ter spec­u­la­tion sur­rounded his health all week.

Col­laros, how­ever, wouldn’t say who will start be­tween him or Mis­sis­sauga na­tive Bran­don Bridge. He wouldn’t even say if he would dress.

“I can’t say any­thing, no,” Col­laros told re­porters Satur­day.

Col­laros was hurt in the Rid­ers’ reg­u­lar sea­son fi­nale on Oct. 27 against B.C. af­ter tak­ing a hit late in the first quar­ter from Odell Willis.

Col­laros passed con­cus­sion test pro­to­col and prac­tised all week. The team’s QB depth chart lists Col­laros at the top fol­lowed by Bridge, David Watford and new sign­ing Drew Tate.

Only three quar­ter­backs can dress in the game.

“We prepare both quar­ter­backs to play and that’s it,” head coach Chris Jones said.

“You have to have them both ready be­cause if one of them can’t play, and quite hon­estly you’re a play away from that hap­pen­ing ev­ery sin­gle week, you bet­ter have two pre­pared.”

Saskatchewan was with­out Col­laros for four games ear­lier this sea­son af­ter he suf­fered a con­cus­sion in Week 2. The team went 2-2 in his absence.

Col­laros has thrown for 2,999 yards, nine touch­downs and 13 in­ter­cep­tions in 14 games this year. Bridge ap­peared in eight games for the Rid­ers and threw for 804 yards, one touch­down and three in­ter­cep­tions.

Col­laros said he feels fine and is ex­cited at the prospect of play­ing in Saskatchewan’s first home play­off game since the 2013 Grey Cup.

“This is why you play the game to play in big mo­ments like this,” he said.

Cen­tre Bren­don LaBatte said it doesn’t make a dif­fer­ence who is start­ing as he’s given snaps to both play­ers sev­eral times this year.

“At least from what we hear in the hud­dle, there’s no dif­fer­ence be­tween the two,” LaBatte said. “It’s a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent tone of voice, but that’s re­ally where it ends.”

The win­ner of Sun­day’s game will play the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers in the West fi­nal next Sun­day.

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