Paul LaPolice reveals Redblacks’ defensive back Abdul Kanneh could be out ‘some time’ with injury

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Ottawa Redblacks’ head coach Paul LaPolice appeared on TSN 1200 on Monday and revealed that veteran defensive back Abdul Kanneh will likely miss the foreseeable future due to injury.

“It could be some time,” said LaPolice. “We’re going to get some more information probably at the end of the day today, but it’s tough to lose a veteran for any time and certainly he’s one of our more vocal leaders on the defence.”

Kanneh was not listed on the team’s injury report on Sunday but should be listed on Monday’s report when it is released in the late afternoon. The eight-year CFL veteran started Ottawa’s first two games at field-side halfback and recorded three tackles. He is currently in his second stint with the team (2014-16, 2020-present) after spending time with Hamilton (2017) and Toronto (2018-19).

Veteran running back William Powell was a full participant in practice on Sunday following an Achilles injury that held him out of the first two games of the season. Starting safety Justin Howell is also expected to return to the lineup after missing Week 2 against Winnipeg with a hamstring injury.

The Redblacks are hosting the B.C. Lions (2-0) on Thursday night with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m. ET. The Lions are coming off a second-straight blowout victory after defeating the Toronto Argonauts by a score of 44-3 in Week 3.

“They’re talented,” said LaPolice. “If you would have said, ‘Who’s played the best football across all nine teams at the start of the season?’ It’s the B.C. Lions. They’ve played outstanding on offence, defence, and special teams. They’re a talented unit.”

The Redblacks will be wearing their red alternate jerseys on Thursday and are encouraging fans to participate in a “red out” by wearing the same the colour.