Saskatchewan Roughriders’ receiver Shaq Evans injured vs. Alouettes, will not return

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If things were not bad enough for the Saskatchewan Roughriders on the scoreboard against the Montreal Alouettes, it got worse now that star receiver Shaq Evans is out for the rest of the game due to injury.

The 31-year-old pass catcher left the game in the first quarter with a lower body injury after catching his only pass of the game, a 12-yarder from quarterback Cody Fajardo.

The Inglewood, California native was a Canadian Football League all-star in 2019 after catching 72 balls for 1,334 yards and five touchdowns. He finished fourth in the league in receiving that year.

The University of California, Los Angeles product suffered a broken leg last year in a Week 2 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and did not return until the Riders’ Week 12 game against the Calgary Stampeders.

Evans struggled following his return from injury last season, going over the 50-yard mark just once in seven games (five in the regular season, two in the playoffs) and was almost non-existent in the playoffs, catching one pass for negative-four yards total in Saskatchewan’s two playoff games.

The six-foot-one, 210-pounder looked to be putting his poor 2021 season behind him, going for over 80 yards in both of Saskatchewan’s first two games this season, both wins, and was beginning to form a formidable pairing with fellow star receiver Duke Williams.