Redblacks’ ratio-breaking defensive end Kwaku Boateng suffers possible season-ending injury

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Ottawa Redblacks’ ratio-breaking defensive end Kwaku Boateng has suffered a possible season-ending lower body injury, according to Postmedia’s Tim Baines. The injury was sustained during practice on Monday.

“He’s got some appointments, but I would say it’s going to be more longer than shorter term. It looks to be on the longer end of that spectrum, which is obviously tough for the team. More importantly, from his perspective, he’s just a great human being. It’s unfortunate the non-contact injuries are sometimes pretty significant,” general manager Shawn Burke told Baines.

“I think everyone knows what they sign up for in terms of the battles that go on, but when it’s something so minuscule that seems to be something that shouldn’t happen, it makes it tougher and more emotional.”

Boateng became a full-time starter with the Edmonton Elks in his second year with the team in 2018. He recorded 83 total tackles, 25 sacks, and two forced fumbles over four seasons with the team before joining the Redblacks via free agency in February.

The former fifth-round pick out of Wilfrid Laurier was expected to start at the defensive end position for Ottawa, which means the club needs to find a way to boost their pass rush as well as find a seventh Canadian starter.