Star Toronto Argonauts defensive end Charleston Hughes has been scratched from Friday’s Week 6 game with a hamstring injury.
Hughes suffered the setback in the Labour Day Classic loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and it’s kept him out for the rematch. The 37-year-old has played four games making nine tackles on the season, but he’s yet to record a sack in double blue.
He led the CFL with 16 sacks during the 2019 season, adding 50 tackles, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown in 17 games. The six-foot-one, 246-pound pass rusher has led the CFL in sacks five times in his career: 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The two-time Grey Cup champion had spent his entire career in Calgary until he was dealt to Hamilton and then to Saskatchewan. Hughes was acquired by the green and white in February 2018 when the Riders sent quarterback Vernon Adams to the Ticats.
Hughes has played 186 career CFL games, recording 466 tackles, 130 sacks, 30 forced fumbles, three interceptions and three defensive touchdowns. During his two seasons in Saskatchewan, Hughes averaged nearly one sack per game with 31 in 34 contests.
After being voted a CFL all-star by the media and head coaches, Hughes drew the ultimate sign of respect from his competitors and earned a CFL Players’ Association first-team selection in 2019.