Lions OL Joel Figueroa did not make the trip to Regina for Riders game

The B.C. Lions are without their left tackle in Saskatchewan.

Figueroa was injured (right ankle) in the first half of B.C.’s 33-6 loss to Edmonton during Week 5. He started the first five games of the season on Mike Reilly’s blindside.

The six-foot-six, 320-pounder started all 18 games at left tackle for the Lions in 2018 after coming over from the Edmonton Eskimos in free agency. The 30-year-old has played in 67 career CFL regular-season games with Hamilton (2013-15), Edmonton (2016-17) and B.C.

Losing Figueroa is a major blow to the Lions who have been struggling to protect their multi-million dollar quarterback. With Figueroa out B.C. has flipped Canadian Brett Boyko over to left tackle from the right side.

THe Lions’ offensive line has allowed a league-worst 17 sacks.

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