Zach is back.
But don’t start hootin’ and hollerin’ just yet.
The Ticats’ star quarterback was taken off the team’s 6 game injured list and practiced for the first time Monday.
He says it felt great to be back on the field and throwing around the football again, calling the highlight of the day putting on his helmet.
Now that he’s off the 6 game injured list, Collaros’ salary counts against the cap… and you don’t have to be a math scholar to figure out that he won’t be sitting out for very long.
Head coach Kent Austin says Zach will make the trip to Montreal for Friday’s game against the Alouettes but he won’t dress.
Hamilton visits Edmonton (the team they were playing against when Collaros got hurt last September) next week before the Cats go on their first of two bye weeks.
If he doesn’t play against the Eskimos on July 23, his next opportunity will be August 3 in Winnipeg.
I’ll circle one of those two contests with a bit of a lean towards the earlier date.
Collaros, yesterday, told the media he felt that he was “a full go” 20 days ago… but the decision on his playing status is made by “the higher ups” within the organization.
One thing “the higher ups” will consider before throwing Zach into the fire: don’t make the decision based on the team’s record.
If you haven’t been keeping track the Tiger-Cats’ record is 1-and-2.
One thing “the fans” should chew on: don’t expect Collaros to continue his out of this world play upon his return.
Take it from the man himself, “As long as we’re getting wins and getting to that ultimate goal of getting to the Grey Cup and winning one, that’s all that really matters.”