REGINA — Just days before training camp was officially set to begin, a devastating injury bug has hit the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Roughriders general manager Jeremy O’Day confirmed to reporters on Thursday that four players have suffered Achilles injuries. O’Day believes they are all long term injuries.
#Riders GM Jeremy O’Day confirms that four players suffered achillies injuries at training today and believes they are all long term.
O’Day says he’s never seen this in his career. #cfl
— Claire Hanna (@clahanna) July 8, 2021
O’Day says the injuries didn’t happen during a competitive drill and happened in a short period of time.
Due to COVID, coaches and a lot of personnel weren’t allowed at the stadium during these workouts ahead of camp.
— Britton Gray (@BrittonGray) July 8, 2021
According to reports, O’Day also mentioned that the injuries were not during competitive drills and happened over a short period of time.
Dean signed with the Riders this off-season as a free agent and was expected to be a major part of the team’s defence at middle linebacker. He has spent four seasons in the CFL, having stints with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Edmonton Elks. Since coming into the league, he’s helped to anchor the defensive units for both organizations from the MIKE linebacker spot.
Lokombo was the Riders first round (second overall) draft pick this year while Femi-Cole was a sixth round pick in 2020. Bishop spent the 2019 season with the Toronto Argonauts where he played in 18 games and tallied 40 defensive tackles and six sacks.
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