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Stampeders want more clarity on quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell's injury

CALGARY – The Calgary Stampeders are seeking a second opinion on quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell’s injury without revealing exactly what it is.

The CFL’s Most Outstanding Player and Grey Cup MVP in 2018 underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Tuesday.

Mitchell injured his throwing arm late in Saturday’s game against the B.C. Lions. He wasn’t hit but appeared to strain his arm throwing the football.

Mitchell clutched his upper right chest before leaving the game with three minutes remaining.

“The doctors have told me what they think,” Mitchell said. “We might be of different opinions, let’s just say that. Not necessarily thinking they’re wrong. I just want a little more backup on what they’re saying. It’s more the timeline of what they think. I’m a little bit tougher than most people probably say. They see one small thing and it’s me so they want to be cautious. I’d rather be aggressive and get back on the field.”

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Mitchell will consult with Los Angeles surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who has operated on the shoulder of Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke and the Achilles’ tendon of former Laker Kobe Bryant.

Mitchell has sought ElAttrache’s counsel before. Calgary’s quarterback managed pain in his shoulder and elbow throughout the 2017 season.

“You want to make sure that . . . you do what’s best for the athlete and Bo has a relationship there,” head coach Dave Dickenson said. “I trust our guys too, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.”