Canadian receiver Mike Jones suffered a torn labrum in the 107th Grey Cup, per sources.
The setback occurred during the fourth quarter when Dane Evans threw a deep ball to Jones who was being covered by Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ defensive back Mike Jones. After a play on the ball by Winnipeg’s Jones, an awkward landing caused Hamilton’s Jones to tear the labrum in his left shoulder, but he pushed aside the pain and finished the game.
Jones is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp in May. The Ticats selected Jones in the third round, 18th overall in the 2016 CFL draft. However, Jones is a pending free agent, scheduled to begin on February 11. He had his best season when Jeremiah Masoli was the full-time starter at quarterback for the entire year in 2018 and developed a rapport with Evans in 2019.
During 2018 Jones led Canadian receivers in yards per catch (17.2) and ranked second among all Canadian pass catchers in receiving yardage with 841 on 49 grabs under current XFL head coach June Jones. Through four seasons in the Hammer, Jones has recorded 101 catches for 1,472 yards with four touchdowns and 14.6 yards per reception.
The 27-year-old has proven starting experience and as a national can boost an aerial attack, especially with his 4.43 40-yard speed, should he make it to the open market. Jones is durable — he hasn’t missed a game the last two years — and a vertical threat in the three-down game.