Winnipeg Blue Bombers star Canadian running back Andrew Harris left another training camp session on Saturday.
Darrin Bauming from Bonfire Sports has the details: Unfortunate development at Day 15 of Bombers camp. Andrew Harris, taking part and catching balls during walkthrough portion of early practice, suddenly pulls up limping and displaying frustration. Went over to sidelines, now watching on.
The reigning Grey Cup MVP left practice on July 12 and did not return. Bombers’ head coach Mike O’Shea initially told the media that Harris had an appointment to go to, though he admitted the following day that he would “take it easy for the next couple weeks.”
The 34-year-old recorded 225 carries for 1,380 yards and four touchdowns in 2019, becoming the CFL’s all-time leading rusher among Canadian players. He will enter the 2021 season 962 yards shy of 10,000 in his career.
Only five players in CFL history have ever reached 10,000 career rushing yards: Mike Pringle (16,425), George Reed (16,116), Damon Allen (11,920), Johnny Bright (10,909), and Charles Roberts (10,285). All of these players are American, meaning Harris would be the first Canadian player ever to reach 10,000 career rushing yards.
Harris has already achieved some remarkable things in a career that includes two Grey Cups, three rushing titles, a Most Outstanding Canadian award, and a Grey Cup MVP award. Should he reach the 1,000-yard mark in 2021, Harris’ career will become all the more unforgettable.
Harris has not missed a game due to injury over the past three seasons despite a heavy workload in Winnipeg. However, he was suspended for two games in 2019 after testing positive for a trace amount of a performance-enhancing substance.