Streveler reveals extent of injury in Bombers’ Grey Cup run

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The Bombers were 10-7 at that point, 3-5 under Streveler, and on the cusp of their fourth straight post-season berth.

“He’s crying because I told him the truth,” Couture said.

The next day, Couture took the 24-year-old Streveler to the doctor, who confirmed the diagnosis: a distal tibia fracture, which is at the ankle-end of the tibia.

The healing time: eight weeks.

“The high ankle sprain would keep you out for a minimum of six to eight weeks, if we didn’t have a fracture,” Couture said. “Especially with a player that plays the way Chris plays, this quarterback-running back type guy. He took that hard. We had a playoff game in 23 days.”

Sitting in Couture’s truck after leaving the doctor’s office, Streveler looked at the therapist and asked him one question.

“Is there just no chance?”

Maybe because he hates dashing dreams, Couture offered a sliver of hope.

But it was a long shot, the likes of which he’d yet to see in his 17 years in the CFL.

And it would come with a price.

Next Sunday in Part 3 of our series: Streveler dives into rehab. “I said, ‘If you even want a sliver of hope with this, you have to live in the water.’ And he did it.”

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