‘Don’t expect him back’: Injury to Riders’ left tackle Terran Vaughn likely season-ending

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders place left tackle Terran Vaughn on the six-game injured list ahead of their season opener Friday and the team’s blindside protector is unlikely to return this season according to his head coach.

“Don’t expect him back,” Craig Dickenson told the media on Friday. “I think he’s got a pretty significant tear and he’ll probably have to get it fixed and move on to the rehab part of it, as opposed to trying to get ready to play.”

Vaughn re-signed with the club in the offseason after initially joining the Riders in 2017. Vaughn made his CFL debut on June 15, 2018 and has played in 22 career games.

Vaughn spent much of the 2019 season protecting quarterback Cody Fajardo’s blindside, making 15 starts at left tackle. The 26-year-old was part of an offensive line that allowed just 37 sacks while averaging 112.8 rushing yards per game for a total of 2,030 yards and a league-high 26 rushing touchdowns. 

Unfortunately, the veteran was unable to escape training camp unscathed in 2021. He suffered a shoulder injury early and after attempting to play with a brace, had to be shut down by the team.

“I think he hurt it on Day 2 or 3 and that was it. We tried our best to strengthen it and see if he could go, but a couple of days in to practice and it was obvious it just wasn’t right,” Dickenson said. “We made the decision, and he was supportive of it, to go ahead and shelve him, try to fix it, get him strong and get him ready for next year.”

Saskatchewan’s challenges along the offensive line have been well-documented, with projected right tackle Takoby Cofield opting to pursue his coaching career, veteran guard Brendon LaBatte choosing not to play and high profile NFL signee Cyrus Kouandjio retiring in training camp.

The team will enter the year with Canadian Brett Boyko filling in at the left tackle spot, an uncomfortable situation based on the Saskatoon native’s struggles in 2019.