Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Mercy Maston has suffered a season-ending torn Achilles injury, according to the team’s senior reporter Ed Tait.
Maston was in pass coverage late in Sunday’s session and became entangled with a receiver running on a route down the sidelines. He immediately signalled for Bombers Head Athletic Therapist Al Couture, and after a few minutes made his way to a medical station and did not return to practice.
Maston signed a one-year contract extension for the 2021 season with the Bombers in January. The 28-year-old originally signed with Winnipeg as a free agent on August 4, 2019. He was then signed to a one-year extension on December 9, 2019.
Prior to joining the Bombers, Maston played two seasons with the Edmonton Football Team from 2017 to 18, recording 57 tackles and two interceptions in 19 games. He was released to pursue NFL opportunities in January of 2019 and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles but was cut before the season began.
Lining up at both defensive halfback and the strong-side linebacker position, Maston appeared in three regular season games and all three playoff contests during the Bomber’s 2019 Grey Cup run, registering 13 tackles, one interception and one sack.