Ticats place reigning Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Chris Van Zeyl on six-game injured list

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have placed reigning Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Chris Van Zeyl on the six-game injured, guaranteeing a prolonged absence for their starting right tackle.

After a stellar 2019 season, the 37-year-old missed the Ticats season-opening loss to Winnipeg with a thumb injury. He returned to the line-up in Week 2 against Saskatchewan, but was significantly hampered. He has yet to practice since Hamilton returned from the bye week, with nagging thumb and hamstring issues keeping him out.

Van Zeyl anchored an offensive line that helped Hamilton post league-leading rankings in offensive points (508), offensive points per game (28.2), offensive touchdowns (50), net offence (7,125 yards), net offence per game (395.8 yards), average yards per play (6.84), first downs (398), passing yards (5,639), passing yards per game (313.3), average gain per pass (9.0 yards) and 30-plus yard pass gains (31) last CFL season. 

The six-foot-six, 312-pound native of Fonthill, Ontario has appeared in 173 games with 164 starts over his 12 seasons in the three-down league with the Tabbies and Toronto Argonauts (2009-2018), winning Grey Cups in 2012 and 2017 with the Argos.

Van Zeyl was originally selected out of McMaster University by the Montreal Alouettes in the third round, 18th overall during the 2007 CFL Draft before joining the Argonauts in September 2008.

The Ticats have tabbed American rookie Jordan Murray as Van Zeyl’s replacement on the right side against Montreal, presenting their third different offensive line combination in as many games. Murray played 44 games over four seasons at the University of North Texas (2015-18), where he saw time at both tackle and guard positions.

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