Matt Nichols anxious to return to the field for Edmonton Eskimos

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Matt Nichols takes part in practice at Commonwealth Stadium in...

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Matt Nichols takes part in practice at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, June 10, 2014. (DAVID BLOOM/QMI Agency)

Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

EDMONTON - A full moon on Friday the 13th.

Matt Nichols couldn’t ask for more ominous signs to stay off the field during the Edmonton Eskimos preseason opener at Commonwealth Stadium (7 p.m., 630 CHED).

Nor would he want to.

After all, the fifth-year CFL quarterback spent the past one recovering from a knee injury suffered the last time the Eskimos opened a preseason 364 days ago.

“It was tough to watch all year last year, all you want to do is be out here on the field,” said Nichols. “You’re not going to find a more excited or happy guy out here. I’ve worked extremely hard for 11 months now since I got hurt.

“Everything I’ve done is building up to this game.”

It’s the same approach he took to last year’s first preseason game, following an off-season of rehabbing a dislocated ankle suffered in a 2012 playoff loss to the Toronto Argonauts.


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