Bo Levi Mitchell Returns to Tiger-Cats Training Camp After Injury-Plagued Season

Bo Levi Mitchell returns to Hamilton Tiger-Cats training camp after recovering from a fractured right leg and adductor injury. Mitchell's status as starting quarterback remains uncertain, with sophomore Taylor Powell vying for the top spot.

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Bo Levi Mitchell Returns to Tiger-Cats Training Camp After Injury-Plagued Season

Bo Levi Mitchell Returns to Tiger-Cats Training Camp After Injury-Plagued Season

Bo Levi Mitchell, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback, participated in the team's training camp at Ron Joyce Stadium on May 13, 2024, after recovering from a fractured right leg and adductor injury that limited him to just six starts last season. The two-time Most Outstanding Player arrived at camp last week wearing a walking boot on his right foot, but head coach Scott Milanovich assured it was purely a precautionary measure.

Mitchell's return to the field comes as the Tiger-Cats opened their training camp without veteran Canadian defensive lineman Ted Laurent, who announced his retirement after 12 CFL seasons. The team also made several roster moves, including placing Canadian linebacker Nic Cross and American offensive lineman Joel Figueroa on the six-game injured list, and releasing Canadian defensive lineman Mo Diallo and American receiver Terry Godwin.

Despite Mitchell's return, his status as the Tiger-Cats' undisputed starting quarterback remains uncertain. Sophomore Taylor Powell, who signed a contract extension through the 2025 season, is vying for the top spot after an impressive rookie campaign. Powell made nine starts in place of the injured Mitchell last year, completing 67.4% of his passes for 2,283 yards with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also added 196 rushing yards and a touchdown on 28 carries.

In his six starts last season, Mitchell completed 78-of-132 passes (59.1%) for 1,031 yards with six touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The 34-year-old veteran is expected to start getting practice reps this week as he works his way back to full health. The Tiger-Cats will open the 2024 regular season by visiting the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium on Friday, June 7.

As the CFL preseason gets underway, several other teams have also made notable roster moves. The Saskatchewan Roughriders released veteran defensive back Jalon Edwards-Cooper, while the Winnipeg Blue Bombers parted ways with Canadian defensive lineman Anthony Bennett. The Edmonton Elks released defensive lineman Cole Nelson and linebacker Wesly Appolon, and veteran Canadian kicker Michael Domagala signed with the Ottawa Redblacks.

Bo Levi Mitchell's return to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats training camp marks a significant step in his recovery from a frustrating, injury-plagued 2023 season. As the team prepares for the upcoming campaign, all eyes will be on the quarterback competition between Mitchell and the promising young Taylor Powell. The Tiger-Cats' season opener against the Calgary Stampeders on June 7 will provide the first glimpse of how this battle for the starting role will unfold.

Key Takeaways

  • Bo Levi Mitchell returns to Hamilton Tiger-Cats training camp after recovering from injuries.
  • Mitchell's status as starting QB is uncertain, with Taylor Powell vying for the top spot.
  • Tiger-Cats open training camp without Ted Laurent, who retired after 12 CFL seasons.
  • Several CFL teams make roster moves, including releases and signings.
  • Tiger-Cats' season opener is June 7 against the Calgary Stampeders.