Zach Collaros made his return to practice and threw for the first time since being acquired by the Toronto Argonauts.
It has been a long time coming for Zach Collaros as he ran a couple of plays in practice for the Toronto Argonauts making it the first time that we have seen him throw a pass since being traded by the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The 31-year-old is coming off his last week on the six-game injured list which explains why he is on the field with a helmet on rather than just doing light drills on the sideline. It is certainly a promising sign considering the big hit he took from Simoni Lawrence in his first game of the season.
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Whether or not this means the quarterback will get to play this season remains to be seen but he is making sure he is ready whether its in Toronto or if a team decides to trade for him before the season ends. All he can do is try to stay ready for whatever opportunity comes which has not been so easy.
Collaros has certainly been through his fair share of injuries over his career and he says the toughest part is not being able to fulfill the role being asked of him.
"“When you’re signed to be that guy for that season, or, you know when I was in Hamilton for the foreseeable future, it’s definitely something that weighs on your mind,” said Collaros on how his injuries impact how his role with the team.“Every single day, when you walk in there to do the rehab… that feeling of not being able to play and help your team is something that you have to learn to deal with. Try to try to make it a positive and it’s something I think that’s helped me grow as a person but it’s never easy.”"
The Steubenville, Ohio native credits his family, especially his wife, and mentors along the way that he has been able to lean on. Being back in Ontario has helped too because he is closer to his family who have helped take some weight off his shoulder.
When it comes to the Argos current quarterback situation, Collaros believes this one of the more talented rooms he’s been a part of considering all the different capabilities each player possesses. This is also a player who has been a part of a QB room which included Ricky Ray, and Trevor Harris at one point and he certainly sees some similarities.
Now the big question left to be answered is whether or not the Argos see Collaros as a part of their future and if they do, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get some game action. That possibility certainly increases if the team decides to make a deal ahead of the Oct. 9 trade deadline.
Do you think the Argos should try to trade Collaros if a team comes calling or should they see if he is an option next season? Let us know in the comments below.