Blindside protector for QB Michael Reilly, Lions’ Joel Figueroa leaves game against Elks with injury

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The blindside protector for Michael Reilly has suffered an injury.

Joel Figueroa left Thursday night’s game against the Elks with a calf strain and did not return following halftime.

Since his arrival in B.C. during 2018 free agency, the six-foot-six, 320-pound Figueroa has been a regular at left tackle along the offensive line. Figueroa has started 37 games with the Lions and was named the team’s nominee for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman in each of his two seasons in British Columbia.

Figueroa previously spent two seasons (2016-2017) with the Edmonton Football Team, appearing in 33 games and making the switch to left tackle in 2017. He first broke into the CFL in 2013 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats where he played three seasons and helped the Ticats reach the Grey Cup on two occasions.

Prior to moving north, Figueroa enjoyed a productive five-year NCAA career with his hometown University of Miami Hurricanes. Highlights at ‘The U’ included his junior year where he helped the program gain over 5,000 yards of offence for just the eighth time in school history. Figueroa also took home the team’s Community Service Man of the Year award in 2010.