In the wake of the announcement that Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ quarterback Matt Nichols is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a knee injury sustained in training camp practice earlier this week, one retired signal caller is considering helping out the team.
According to TSN Football Insider Dave Naylor, recently retired quarterback Darian Durant would consider coming out of retirement to play for Winnipeg.
Durant signed with the Bombers this off-season but retired last month before training camp opened.
“We were informed prior to the start of our mini-camp that Darian Durant, along with his family, was reconsidering continuing his career,” Bombers general manager Kyle Walters said in a statement at the time. “Given the magnitude of this decision, we asked him to take the time to thoroughly consider his options and inform us of his decision.
“Ultimately, Darian has not informed the team of his decision, but we were notified through social media this morning that he has decided to retire from professional football. While we respect his decision, we are of course are extremely disappointed.
Durant, 35, threw for 3,233 passing yards and 15 touchdowns to 16 interceptions in 15 games with the Montreal Alouettes last season.
Alouettes Release Johnny Manziel
The Montreal Alouettes have released former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Apparently, Manziel violated his contract with the Alouettes, according to the team.
With the AAF in play, and the XFL arriving next season, it is likely that Manziel is looking to latch on with either of those two leagues as opposed to continuing to play in the CFL.
However, if Manziel is looking to draw significant interest his play in the CFL left much to be desired.
Manziel appeared in 8 games for Montreal during his tenure, throwing 5 touchdowns verse 7 interceptions, certainly disappointing numbers that won’t elicit much excitement.
Argonauts Sign Cory ‘Poop’ Johnson
Get ready for an endless amount of toilet jokes and bathroom humor because the Toronto Argonauts have signed defensive tackle Cory ‘Poop’ Johnson, according to an official team announcement.
Johnson, 26, has played 25 games over two seasons for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after trying to latch on to NFL teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Falcons.
Toronto has been revamping their defensive line and Johnson is another addition that they hope will aid them in their efforts.
Eskimos’ Mike Reilly Joins 25,000 Passing Yards Club
Edmonton Eskimos’ signal caller Mike Reilly joined the 25,000 passing yards club on Saturday night after throwing for 424 yards in a 40-24 victory over the Montreal Alouettes.
“First 30 minutes, we came out swinging. I thought the guys executed great, guys were making plays all over the field,” Reilly said, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.
Despite his stellar performance, the Edmonton offensive line struggled throughout the game with protection, allowing the Alouttes to collect 5 sacks throughout the game, making Reilly’s job that much more difficult in the victory.
“Credit to Montreal. They dialled up the pressure a little bit at the end of the second quarter, and that continued on, really, for the rest of the game,” Reilly said. “Our guys did a good job at picking it up and putting points on the board, but they were a little harder to come by than they were in the first half.”
The victory over Montreal, along with his milestone performance, comes just a few days before Reilly and his wife are expecting their second child.
“It’s going to be nice for the next two days to focus on family,” Reilly stated. “Super excited to welcome another little girl into this world. It’ll be short lived though as we go back to work on Monday evening, and we’ve got a short week before heading out to Hamilton.”
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