QB Col­laros ac­ti­vated from six-game in­jured list

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REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers may be back to where they started the 2018 sea­son with their quar­ter­back sit­u­a­tion.

The Rid­ers opened the reg­u­lar sea­son with Zach Col­laros as their start­ing quar­ter­back. Col­laros lasted one-plus games be­fore suf­fer­ing a con­cus­sion and be­ing placed on the sixgame in­jured list af­ter a 40-17 loss to Ottawa on June 21.

On Mon­day, Col­laros was ac­ti­vated from the six-game in­jured list and prac­tised with the Rid­ers.

It’s a timely re­turn, con­sid­er­ing Saskatchewan strug­gled of­fen­sively with Bran­don Bridge start­ing four games at quar­ter­back in Col­laros’s ab­sence.

The Rid­ers were 2-3 with Col­laros out and have gen­er­ated just six of­fen­sive touch­downs over­all en route to post­ing a 3-3 over­all record. How­ever, Col­laros doesn’t ex­pect his re­turn to be a cure-all.

“A saviour? No,” Col­laros said when asked about his re­turn.

“Why I think foot­ball is the best game in the world is I’m just an­other piece of the puz­zle, as are all quar­ter­backs. We get all of the praise when things go right and, along with the head coach, we get a lot of the blame. It comes with the ter­ri­tory. I’m just ex­cited to be out here and to be part of it.”

How much Col­laros will be part of the Rid­ers’ plans head­ing into Thurs­day’s game against the Ed­mon­ton Eski­mos re­mains to be de­ter­mined.

“We’ll see,” said Chris Jones, the Rid­ers’ head coach and gen­eral man­ager. “It was good to get him back out here. It seems like he threw the ball well and it came out of his hand. He didn’t take any time counts, so that’s good.

“(Col­laros) is a good player and he has been a good player for a long time. Bran­don Bridge did a re­ally nice job for us and we’ll have to see ex­actly where Zach is be­fore we know.”

Col­laros had a pained look when asked about his sta­tus as a starter on Thurs­day.

“I love these ques­tions,” Col­laros said. “I’m al­ways pre­pared to start. Even if I’m not dress­ing, I’m ready to start.”

Col­laros re­vealed he ini­tially suf­fered the in­jury dur­ing the Rid­ers’ 39-12 pre-sea­son loss to the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers on June 8. He didn’t tell the train­ing staff about the in­jury un­til suf­fer­ing con­cus­sion-like symp­toms in the first half against the Red­blacks.

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