Bombers’ national LB Jesse Briggs could be gone for season

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One of Winnipeg’s key national players could be out for the year due to injury, per sources.

Jesse Briggs, 29, has played for the Bombers since he was selected in the second round of the 2014 CFL draft. Though predominantly a special teams player, Briggs started the club’s last two games at weak-side linebacker.

The McGill product suffered an injury in Winnipeg’s 45-21 victory over the Toronto Argonauts last Friday. Mike O’Shea told the media yesterday that he expects Briggs to “miss some time,” but that appears to have been an understatement.

Though the club remains hopeful that Briggs can return before the end of the season, there is a reasonable chance that the veteran linebacker will not play again this year.

It’s a tough break for an unheralded player who only recently received the opportunity to start. Briggs has recorded 20 defensive tackles and 57 special teams tackles in 91 career CFL games.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.