On Sunday, Edmonton quarterback Matt Nichols dislocated his ankle in a Canadian Football League (CFL) playoff game.
Nichols took a massive hit from Toronto defensive end Ronald Flemons in the third quarter of the Eastern Semifinal between the Eskimos and the Argonauts. Medical staff immediately attended to Nichols, whose dislocated ankle was visibly bent in the opposite direction.
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“It’s hard to see and you feel really bad about it,” Flemons told the Toronto Sun. “I didn’t mean to do it. Anything can happen in football.”
To add insult to injury, Nichols was penalized for intentional grounding on the play en route to his team's 42-26 loss to Toronto.
Though his playoff hopes have been dashed, Nichols appears to have avoided a career-jeopardizing injury, according to the Edmonton Sun.
"The good thing about it is they popped it right back in,” said quarterback Kerry Joseph, who replaced Nichols after he was carted off the field on a stretcher.
“It’s terrible,” added Eskimos middle linebacker J.C. Sherritt, who was Nichols' college teammate at Eastern Washington. “I haven’t talked to him yet, but it’s Matt, so whatever happened he’ll come back from it like he always does.”
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