Lions’ receiver Bryan Burnham expected to miss several weeks with fractured ribs: report

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The B.C. Lions are expected to be without the services of all-star receiver Bryan Burnham for at least a couple weeks, according to a report from TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

Burnham left the Lions’ blowout win over the Toronto Argonauts shortly before half-time after sustaining a massive hit over the middle from defensive back Shaquille Richardson. He was later taken to hospital for X-rays, which showed fractured ribs.

The six-foot-two, 205-pound pass-catcher hauled in three receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown prior to his injury, which could place him on the six-game injured list. Burnham has been a CFL all-star in each of his last four seasons, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark every year from 2016 to 2019 and racking up 965 yards in the shortened, 14-game campaign in 2021.

He sits in fifth spot on the Lions’ all-time list with 6,682 receiving yards to go along with 441 receptions and 39 touchdowns.

An extended Burnham absence would be a significant blow to B.C. but the club has received good news on other injuries sustained Saturday. Linebacker Bo Lokombo and running back James Butler, both of whom sustained scary head injuries, are experiencing no concussion symptoms and could be ready to go against Ottawa on Thursday.