Homegrown offensive weapon Nic Demski returns to Blue Bombers’ lineup following ankle injury

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Canadian receiver Nic Demski will be back in the lineup when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers take on the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday.

Demski has missed the last four games with an ankle injury suffered in the Week 3 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a game in which he led the team in receiving despite exiting early in the third quarter. He was placed on the six-game injured list but has been removed early to help an ailing Bombers’ receiving corps missing star Greg Ellingson.

A graduate of Oak Park High School who went on to star. at the University of Manitoba, Demski has been a critical piece of the Bombers’ success since he joined his hometown team in 2018.

The 2015 first-round pick of the Saskatchewan Roughriders has played 49 games on the right side of the prairie rivalry, posting 162 receptions for 1,877 yards, 73 carries for 503 yards, and 14 total touchdowns while winning back-to-back championships. Demski was named Most Valuable Canadian of the 108th Grey Cup after scoring a critical touchdown.

Demski will return to his starting slotback spot against Calgary, but the team will be without another Canadian starter on the other side of the ball. Safety Malcolm Thompson will miss the game with a calf injury and will be replaced by backup Nick Hallett.