this might work in esks favour. Protect Mike, Nichols injury scares of ottawa. Nichols returns in 2014 to be a very strong, perhaps best, backup in the league. 2015, esk trade one, probably Nichols, for a whole lot more talent than expected now.
....Devastating for Nichols... bad injury to come back from BUT possibly not career ending for a qb....The esks.were prudent in going after Mike Reilly or they'd really be behind the eight ball...All the weight on Reilly now to carry the team... Can't see Joseph playing effectively...I think we'll get to see what he's made of real early... :roll:
Agreed. Acquiring Reilly was a big move. They can't really make another one to start someone ahead of him until he's gotten a couple of starts. Anyone that comes in will back up Reilly to start and would only take over if Reilly is struggling. A guy like Brink might make more sense. He's been a backup that has some experiece, can come into the game off the bench, good team first guy and wouldn't put as much pressure on Reilly as having McPherson around might.
Yes, I noticed that too prairiedog. Makes you wonder if Nichols isn't just an injury waiting to happen.
Well, wolverine, I'm not so sure on that score. I acknowledge that McPherson might push Reilly more than Brink would, but does that really matter? Do the Esks want to win or do they want to coddle Reilly and not 'push' him at all? I am not as sold on McPherson as many others are, but I do happen to believe that he'd be better than Brink, who has never impressed me at all, particularly. Were I to be in Hervey's shoes, I'd probably look to see if McPherson has any interest (and even if he does can he come at this point or does his current arena ball gig preclude him from coming now?) first, tell KJ to hang 'em up, take a good long look at the other 2 rookies, and if all that fails then maybe call Brink.
Someone has suggested on another site that he may have twisted it before the actual fall with his cleat getting stuck in the turf. I have not watched to confirm this but it is another possibility as as you say it was a pretty minor hit.
It is a shame for sure, but the blessing is that they realistically signed Reilly to be #1, and there will be no controversy now. Also, I look forward to seeing more of Crompton...I was rather impressed with him.
All the same, gotta feel for Matt...super tough to take for sure, with a golden opportunity in grasp.