Stampeders offensive lineman Brad Erdos has a torn patella and is out for the season Photo: Scott Grant / CFLPhotoArchive.com

The Calgary Stampeders have lost a key piece of their offensive line.

Dave Dickenson told the media in Calgary today that Brad Erdos has suffered a torn patella tendon and is out for the season. Erdos was carted off the field during practice on Friday and will need to have surgery on his knee.

The Stampeders started three American offensive linemen for most of last season — Derek Dennis at left tackle, Ucambre Williams at centre, and a rotation at right tackle that included Justin Renfrow, Nila Kasitati, and Randy Richards.

Canadians Shane Bergman and Erdos filled out the starting line-up at left guard and right guards, respectively.

Calgary hoped to start three Canadians along the offensive line this season to help mitigate the loss of star national linebacker Alex Singleton to the NFL. Williams was set to make the move to right tackle with 2018 first-round draft pick Ryan Sceviour set to take over at centre.

The club’s ability to start three nationals up front is now in question. Calgary has a number of prospects on the roster — Sceviour, David Brown, and Justin Lawrence were drafted last year, while Zack Williams and Jaylan Guthrie were selected last month — but they have little to no CFL experience.

The reigning Grey Cup champions may be forced to start three international offensive linemen again in 2019 with Erdos out of commission.

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