The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will unexpectedly be without one of the CFL’s best young offensive linemen when they take on the two-time defending champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a Grey Cup rematch Friday.
Left guard Brandon Revenberg has been placed on the one-game injured list on Thursday and will not dress for the Week 3 matchup. He was not listed on the team’s injury report this week.
The 29-year-old Revenberg started all 14 regular-season games and all three playoff games at left guard for the Ticats in 2021 and was named the East Division’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman as well as a CFL and East Division all-star for a third consecutive season.
The six-foot-four, 301-pound native of Essex, ON has yet to miss a game due to injury in his five-year CFL career from 2016 to 2021. He has appeared in 85 regular-season games and eight playoff games, including two Grey Cups, with the Ticats since 2016. The Tiger-Cats selected the Grand Valley State product in the first round, third overall in the 2016 CFL Draft.
The injury is another blow to a Ticats’ offensive line that is tied for the league lead in sacks allowed (9) through two weeks. The team is already missing three starting calibre Canadian offensive linemen in centre Alex Fontana, right guard Coulter Woodmansey, and versatile swing tackle Kyle Saxelid. Those players are listed on the six-game injured list, while Revenberg’s absence is expected to be short-term.
Canadian Kay Okafor will take over at the left guard spot in the meantime. The St. Francis Xavier University product has suited up in 35 games over his three-year CFL career, making the transition from college defensive end to pro offensive tackle.