B.C. Lions’ running back James Butler to return from injury against Riders

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B.C. Lions’ running back James Butler is set to return from an ankle injury this week, the team revealed on Twitter.

The 27-year-old has emerged as one of the CFL’s top backfield threats in his second season with the Lions, rushing for 433 yards and three touchdowns on 97 carries. He has also been an important outlet for quarterback Nathan Rourke in the passing game, making 30 receptions for 218 yards and three more scores.

Butler missed last week’s 41-40 victory over the Calgary Stampeders and was replaced by Bruce Anderson III. The five-foot-eleven, 210-pound ball carrier made nine carries for 37 yards and caught six passes for 35 yards.

Delvin Breaux also appears set to return after missing one game due to illness. He was a full participant in practice this week and has made 16 defensive tackles and one forced fumble on the year.

The Lions (7-1) are scheduled to play the Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-4) on Friday, Aug. 19 with kickoff slated for 10:00 p.m. EDT.