Sports Firefighters QB Zach Collaros resigned from training camp for ‘family reasons’

Firefighters QB Zach Collaros resigned from training camp for ‘family reasons’

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Zach Collaros has been ruled out of training camp for “family reasons.” As reported by TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

The 34-year-old missed training for the first time on Friday and is expected to return in “a couple of days”. Meanwhile, substitute Drew Brown will work alongside the first team’s offense.

Collaros threw for 4,183 yards, 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 17 games last season, becoming the fifth player in CFL history to earn MVP honors. He signed a three-year contract extension with Winnipeg last October, making him the highest-paid player in the league with expected earnings of $600,000 through 2023.

The Steubenville, Oh. The native was acquired by the Blue Bombers via trade in October 2019, which preceded his preseason run that ended with a Gray Cup win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He defeated the DeCotts at Tim Hortons Field and passed for 3,185 yards, 20 touchdowns and just six interceptions that season to take home his first MOB award and lead Winnipeg to another championship in 2021.

In 10 CFL seasons with the Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Blue Bombers, Collaros has thrown for 24,347 yards, 151 touchdowns and 71 interceptions, 1,078 yards and eight majors. He has advanced to the Gray Cup in all three seasons he has played in Winnipeg.

The Bombers are scheduled to visit the Edmonton Elks to open their season on Saturday, May 27 at 4:00 pm EDT.

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