Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Zach Collaros has been cleared to play — he’s even listed at the top of the team’s depth chart heading into Sunday’s west semi-final against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
But the team isn’t saying who will start.
“We prepared both quarterbacks to play,” Roughriders head coach Chris Jones said during a media conference Saturday.
Jones was mum on the big question that has been captivating Rider Nation since Collaros left with an injury after taking a violent hit from B.C. Lions defensive end Odell Willis on Oct. 27.
The team would only say both Brandon Bridge and Collaros are prepared to play in Sunday’s West Division semi-final against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
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“We got a lot of good football players and we expect them to come out and play tomorrow,” Jones reiterated to reporters.
On Friday night, TSN’s Dave Naylor reported sources have told him Collaros will not be dressing for the game and Bridge is the starting quarterback.
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He’ll be facing similar problems preparing to face the Blue Bombers.
Chris Streveler and Matt Nichols both had long stretches at starting quarterback in Winnipeg this season.
“We prepare for both of their guys every time we play,” Jones said. “Both are very different and different defences affect those guys different ways.”