CFL sack leader Pete Robertson expected to miss four-to-five weeks for Riders

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Saskatchewan Roughriders’ defensive end Pete Robertson is expected to miss four-to-five weeks with a foot sprain he suffered during the club’s 28-13 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks. The injury occurred when he was hit late by offensive tackle Dino Boyd, who was penalized fifteen yards for unnecessary roughness following the play.

“Thankfully, it’s not a broken foot. We were worried he broke his foot but it’s a very severe sprain of the arch in the mid-foot. I think it’s probably going to be a four-to-five week injury, so he could be out some time but thankfully there’s not a break involved, so we feel lucky,” head coach Craig Dickenson told CKRM in Regina.

Robertson has excelled in his second CFL season, leading the league with seven sacks and three forced fumbles. He has seamlessly taken over from Jonathan Woodard, who made ten sacks and two forced fumbles as a CFL rookie in 2021 before returning to the NFL as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 29-year-old spent four seasons in the NFL as a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Football Team, and Arizona Cardinals. He signed with the Riders in 2020 and dressed for 11 games last season, recording 10 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles, and five sacks in a depth role.

Saskatchewan is scheduled to play a home-and-home series against the Toronto Argonauts over the next two weeks followed by a contest against the B.C. Lions and a bye. Given the timeline for Robertson’s recovery provided by Dickenson, he is projected to return against the Edmonton Elks in Week 10 or the B.C. Lions in Week 11.