Ticats’ Bralon Addison recovers from leg injury suffered while training for 2021 season, MRI revealed during physical

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While preparing his body physically for the 2021 CFL season, Tiger-Cats’ receiver Bralon Addison started to feel soreness in his leg but pushed through the pain.

After undergoing his training camp physical, the medical staff found an injury that needed surgery. Roughly six weeks after the procedure Addison was activated from the six-game injured list and is eligible to play in Week 9 against the Montreal Alouettes.

“It was a weird one. I think once I got on a plane and got into elevation, it made it worse. I came into camp, got an MRI and they found I had a little injury in my leg. We got it cleaned up, rehab went well and I’m happy to be back out there,” Addison said.

The Ticats took it slow with their offensive weapon. He watched from the sidelines as Hamilton went 4-3 through the first seven games of year, the halfway point of the 14-game regular season. The Tabbies currently hold first place in the East Division and Addison should boost an offence that has been missing his unique abilities.

“Looking forward to him contributing in all kinds of ways, blocking, catching and my favourite is when he has the ball in his hands and he’s making people miss,” quarterback Jeremiah Masoli said.

“He’s been working his tail off to get back healthy and get back out there and contribute.”

Addison has been used in a variety of ways by Ticats offensive coordinator Tommy Condell. He was a key piece of an explosive Hamilton offence which led the league in scoring — 551 points — last season and helped the Tiger-Cats set a single-season franchise record with 15 wins.

The 27-year-old was named a CFL all-star in 2019 after recording 95 receptions for 1,236 yards and seven touchdowns while rushing 36 times for 218 yards and one major. Last December, the five-foot-nine, 197-pound playmaker signed a two-year contract extension with the Ticats through the 2022 season. 

“I told all the guys and coaches, I wasn’t going to be a guy that just came back,” Addison said.

“I’m ready to compete, I’m ready to play, hopefully I can help this team. That’s what I re-signed back here to do is help the team win a Grey Cup.”

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.