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"There was just no way I could be accurate that quickly after it happened."X-rays the next day revealed the break.
The doctor delivering the news feared Nichols might require season-ending surgery.
In the event he wouldn’t be able to withstand the pain, the Bombers took the measured precaution of closing the week's first practice to the public.
The privacy, they figured, would prevent whatever questions might arise from reporters had the starting quarterback been forced to leave early.
So Nichols pulled up to his computer and searched for images of "Matt Stafford broken finger."What appeared on the screen were pictures of a glove that had every finger cut out but the middle one, which Stafford had dislocated the week before.
Mimicking the design, but for his own injury, Nichols cut out the thumb, index and middle, and left the ring and pinky fingers covered. 14) actually felt a lot better than I thought it would," he said.
"It was just something where the ball came out of my hand fine and was accurate.
When the Bombers went into the locker room at halftime, it quickly became clear that Nichols would not return.