Riders rule out receiver Kyran Moore, expect trio of defensive linemen to return

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders will still be without receiver Kyran Moore when they host the B.C. Lions on Friday.

The 25-year-old has been out of the lineup since he suffered a torn ACL in October 2021. Head coach Craig Dickenson had previously indicated that Moore would return either this week or next week following a long stint of rehabilitation.

The five-foot-ten, 165-pound target made 64 receptions for 585 yards and three touchdowns over 11 games in 2021. He has made 174 catches for 2,056 yards and 10 touchdowns over three seasons with Saskatchewan.

The Riders are expecting to get three key defensive linemen back into the lineup with defensive ends Pete Robertson and A.C. Leonard returning from injury and defensive tackle Garrett Marino coming back from a four-game suspension.

“Will they be a little bit out of shape? Probably, yeah. And we’ve gotta see how they feel,” Dickenson told the media in Regina. “If they feel well and feel like they’re able to play and play a game without reinjuring themselves or being tired, we’re gonna try to play them.”

Robertson has missed four games due to a foot injury but was dominant before he got hurt, recording 11 tackles, seven sacks, and three forced fumbles over just five games. Leonard has missed the past four games due to a shoulder injury after making 14 tackles and three sacks to start the year.

Dickenson also indicated that Andrew Lauderdale and Jamal Campbell would start at offensive tackle if Terran Vaughn could not play this week. The veteran left tackle was subsequently ruled out on the team’s depth chart due to a hamstring injury.

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