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« on: October 19, 2020, 03:54:26 AM »

Streveler reveals extent of injury in Bombers' Grey Cup run - Winnipeg Sun

One year ago this week, the Bombers' fortunes took another turn for the worse. In Part 2 of our series on Winnipeg's Grey Cup run, we lift the curtain on quarterback Chris Streveler's foot injury.

History was against the 2019 Blue Bombers the moment they lost their No. 1 quarterback, Matt Nichols.

To lose his replacement, too, well, just toss the season on the scrap heap already.

"A fracture in the ankle and a severe high-ankle sprain," were the disturbing words Chris Streveler heard from athletic therapist Al Couture on Oct. 20 of last year. "You're going to be out for the season."

Streveler hasn't revealed the extent of his injury until now, a full 12 months later.

He found out the day the Bombers returned home from a 37-33 loss in Calgary.

He can still picture that moment. He was sitting in his car at Superstore when he got the call that floored him.

"I remember I was crying," Streveler recalled. "I was just devastated. That Calgary game we lost, but I felt like the two games before that I was really starting to step up as a leader and just find myself. I hadn't started a ton of games to that point, so I was really starting to come into my own."

he Bombers were 10-7 at that point, 3-5 under Streveler, and on the cusp of their fourth straight post-season berth.

"He's crying because I told him the truth," Couture said.

The next day, Couture took the 24-year-old Streveler to the doctor, who confirmed the diagnosis: a distal tibia fracture, which is at the ankle-end of the tibia.

The healing time: eight weeks.

"The high ankle sprain would keep you out for a minimum of six to eight weeks, if we didn't have a fracture," Couture said. "Especially with a player that plays the way Chris plays, this quarterback-running back type guy. He took that hard. We had a playoff game in 23 days."

Sitting in Couture?s truck after leaving the doctor?s office, Streveler looked at the therapist and asked him one question.

"Is there just no chance?"

Maybe because he hates dashing dreams, Couture offered a sliver of hope.

But it was a long shot, the likes of which he?d yet to see in his 17 years in the CFL.

And it would come with a price.

Next Sunday in Part 3 of our series: Streveler dives into rehab. "I said, 'If you even want a sliver of hope with this, you have to live in the water.' And he did it."
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2020, 06:04:28 AM »

Wow.  I think we all thought it would be something like that.  More than just a sprain, less than a full break.

I had a fracture in the ankle similar to that in high school and the pain was unbelievable when trying to walk... let alone run.  The sharpness and intensity are extreme, and taking the pressure off (sitting down) of it only helps slowly.  It's a funny injury, because you don't really expect the pain will be that bad because it seems like such a little thing.

Of course, I didn't have Couture cooking up new-age high-tech water treatments for me  Wink  so I just had to live with it for a few weeks.

Cool story.

I hope this puts to rest the conspiracies on the Riders Forums that Strev was faking it the whole time (maybe they are just projecting their oblique embellishments onto us).  There was one last shot of Strev coming down off the GC-hoisting platform during the postgame show, he can barely make it down the steps and he doesn't know there's a camera on him.  No one would fake that.  I think knuckles was standing right there.  I'm sure knuckles and MOS can vouch for Strev's agony.
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2020, 01:38:38 AM »

Well... without Streveler, we could still win the Cup but just not in a dramatic fashion.  And if Collaros went down on a running play, I doubt we could do anything else no matter how much magic LaPolice can cook up.
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2020, 01:55:42 PM »

Well... without Streveler, we could still win the Cup but just not in a dramatic fashion.  And if Collaros went down on a running play, I doubt we could do anything else no matter how much magic LaPolice can cook up.
I disagree. Without Streveler's running, we wouldn't have beaten Calgary. Collaros is no runner.
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2020, 03:07:24 PM »

I disagree. Without Streveler's running, we wouldn't have beaten Calgary. Collaros is no runner.

Agree. We were QB by committee for that playoff run and it was pure magic.
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« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2020, 10:19:07 AM »

I disagree. Without Streveler's running, we wouldn't have beaten Calgary. Collaros is no runner.

That's a safe bet.  I think the disarray and disbelief and complete lack of answers on the CGY sideline was because Dickerson The Greater and Huffer thought there was 0% chance Strev would play and they simply didn't gameplan for him.  And they just couldn't adjust to Strev in realtime.  Remember, Dunnigan right before the game said on the panel there was 0% chance Strev plays.  Braintrust in CGY believed that too, and it cost them.

Heck, any normal QB wouldn't have played on a fractured foot.  Lucky for us Strev isn't normal.
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