The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have lost rookie receiver Blake Jackson to a torn Achilles.
Head coach Mike O’Shea indicated that the injury took place in a “walkthrough-type setting.” Jackson has already had surgery and headed home.
The 27-year-old signed with Winnipeg in February 2021 following stints with the Calgary Stampeders (2018), Cleveland Browns (2018), and the Houston Roughnecks (2020). He caught five passes in the XFL for 50 yards and one touchdown.
Jackson was a quarterback at Mary Hardin-Baylor where he threw for 4,311 yards and 49 touchdowns. He went unselected in the 2018 NFL Draft.
There are now at least ten players across the CFL who have suffered Achilles tears since the league returned earlier this month. Calgary Stampeders’ head coach Dave Dickenson recently called it “the injury of the year” as players, coaches, and trainers around the league look to stop them from taking place.
The Blue Bombers lost starting strong-side linebacker Mercy Maston to a torn Achilles earlier in training camp. O’Shea wouldn’t comment on the status of Achilles tears around the league, but feels Winnipeg has had more this year than any before.
“There’d be more for our team if I can recall, that’d be more than we’ve had,” said the veteran coach in a videoconference. “But I can’t say that I understand everybody else’s situation and their injury history — the other teams. I don’t pay attention to that kind of stuff.”