The Saskatchewan Roughriders have lost another member to a torn Achilles tendon.
Head coach Craig Dickenson said Monday that defensive end Tim Williams tore an Achilles tendon during Friday’s training-camp session. He is the fifth member of the CFL team to suffer a season-ending Achilles tear this month.
Middle linebacker Larry Dean, defensive end Freddie Bishop III, defensive back Nelson Lokombo and running back Jonathan Femi-Cole each suffered a torn Achilles during a players-only pre-camp workout at Mosaic Stadium on July 8.
“I’ve never seen that many Achilles injuries, ever,” Dickenson said after Monday’s practice. “To lose another one is really tough. Hopefully, knock on wood, that’s the last one, but you never know.
“It’s a violent game and the guys are playing hard and explosive. Sometimes those things happen, but we certainly hope that we’ve seen the last of them.”
Dickenson said that Williams was injured during a “glorified walk through”and was practising at 60 per cent of full speed about an hour into the practice session.
“He planted his foot and there he went,” Dickenson said.
“Tim was the only guy who fell all day and I chewed out the offensive tackle for what I thought was putting him on the ground. After talking to him, Tim just fell on his own because it was his Achilles. It’s really a shame.”
Williams is the ninth CFLer to have torn an Achilles tendon this month.
“It’s just wild,” Dickeson said. “That’s something that I will look at closely with the trainers to try and figure something out. It’s a head scratcher right now. The (nearly two-year) layoff is the X-factor.”
The defence was dealt another blow in Saturday’s Green and White scrimmage when second-year defensive lineman Sterling Shippy broke a foot. Shippy had recently joined the Riders after finishing his quarantine period
“We’re a little thin now on the defensive line,” Dickenson said. “We’ve kept most of our guys and that has been smart. I think our numbers are still OK.”
Jacob Janke, a rookie defensive back, suffered a right knee injury during the Green and White scrimmage that Dickenson said was likely a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Two members of the Riders left Monday’s practice early with soft-tissue injuries that Dickenson said aren’t too serious. Safety Mike Edem injured a groin muscle and receiver Justin McInnis injured his left hamstring while running a route.
The Riders welcomed back slotback Jordan Williams-Lambert, who has been sidelined since July 13 after slicing his hand while completing a catch in the north end zone.
Terran Vaughn, who started 15 games at left tackle in 2019, was back on the field after dealing with a shoulder issue. Vaughn, who had a brace on his right shoulder, was primarily at right tackle for Monday’s practice.
Mattland Riley, an offensive lineman who has been dealing with a back issue for the last week, was practising with the team on Monday.
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