Brett Boyko to start for Riders at left tackle, Ed Gainey likely to return vs. Lions

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be without starting left tackle Andrew Lauderdale for Friday’s game against the B.C. Lions, head coach Craig Dickenson told the media on Wednesday.

Lauderdale has started the last five games at left tackle and generally played well. Terran Vaughn was the incumbent at left tackle heading into training camp, but underwent season-ending surgery to repair a shoulder injury.

Canadian offensive lineman Brett Boyko will start at left tackle, getting a chance to play against his former team. The Sasktoon native started five games for the Lions as a CFL rookie in 2019 but was unceremoniously released in February 2021.

Defensive backs Ed Gainey and Blace Brown are likely to play after being limited participants in practice on Wednesday.

“We think they’re going to be good to go. We still gotta visit with them after practice and talk to the trainers, but they were limited and we feel like as long as they didn’t have any setbacks today — which I don’t think they did — they should be good to go,” said Dickenson.

Gainey has missed the last two games at boundary halfback with a foot injury, while Brown has been dealing with a knee issue.

The Riders visit the Lions on Friday night with kickoff slated for 10:30 p.m. ET.