He's done before it really started.
A torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered by Matt Nichols in Friday's pre-season loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders has ended the Edmonton Eskimos quarterback's 2013 CFL season.The Eskimos announced the injury news Monday morning.
Nichols, 26, is slated for surgery to his right knee, which he injured late in the first quarter while trying to bring down Roughriders defensive back Carlos Thomas, who had picked off a pass from Nichols that bounced off receiver Ed Gant's hands. Thomas then scampered for a 30-yard touchdown.
Nichols had to be helped off the field following the play and was carted off to the Eskimos dressing room. He returned to the field on crutches and didn't comment following the 31-24 Eskimos loss.
Nichols will speak to the media early this afternoon.
“It is a disappointment, but injuries are a part of our game, unfortunately," Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed said following Friday's game. "I think our team is constructed very well that if it is something long term, we’ll be fine.”
Quarterback Mike Reilly, whom Nichols had been battling for the team's starting role, is now the No. 1 pivot.
It's the second major injury in as many games for Nichols, who suffered a dislocated ankle during the East semifinal loss to the Toronto Argonauts in November.