Saskatchewan Roughriders national receiver Jake Harty suffered a torn ACL in his knee on the first day of training camp, per sources.
The Riders signed Harty to a two-year contract during free agency in February.
Harty had a career-best 26 catches for 226 yards and one touchdown with Ottawa in 2017, the last of three seasons with the Redblacks. The 27-year-old was selected in the second round, 10th overall in the 2015 CFL draft by Ottawa.
Losing Harty will hurt the Riders on special teams because he’s a rare Canadian pass catcher that can make an impact in the phase of the game. The setback impacts Saskatchewan’s ratio depth and possible flexibility as well. Harty started 14 games in the nation’s capital – more than any other Canuck target on the green and white roster outside of Rob Bagg – and could’ve had a chance to do so with the Riders if he remained healthy.