November 15, 2012

Matt Nichols update: successful surgery

Dale MacMillan

Chris O’Leary
Edmonton Journal

Matt Nichols‘ good luck is turning out to be astounding.

After dislocating his ankle in a spectacularly heinous fashion on Sunday, the Edmonton Eskimo backup quarterback has undergone surgery to have a pin inserted into his ankle to help it heal in place. Nichols posted on Twitter on Wednesday night that the surgery was a success. He also said that he was told the ankle looked better than expected.

Nichols said on Monday that he hoped to be ready to begin rehabbing his ankle in three to four months’ time, when the pin is removed. That would give him at least all of April to try to get in shape for the Eskimo training camp in late May/early June.

Nichols and the Eskimos have been incredibly fortunate to have things unfold the way that they have this week. First impressions of the injury had many people (myself included) assuming the worst. That it was just an ankle dislocation and a slight fibula fracture is miraculous in itself. That the surgery has happened so quickly and the bonus news that the injury wasn’t as bad as doctors expected should have the Eskimos feeling relieved. If Nichols were unable to follow up on the promise he’d shown this year, the team would have had to reset its search for its quarterback of the future.

In the wake of a big playoff loss on Sunday, this is news that should brighten the outlook for Eskimo fans.