Edmonton Elks place star receiver Kenny Lawler on six-game injured list

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The Edmonton Elks have officially placed receiver Kenny Lawler on the six-game injured list.

The team’s star player suffered an ankle injury during a goal-line sneak last week against Ottawa. He is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks and could be removed from the six-game list early if required.

Lawler signed with Edmonton as a free agent this past offseason, becoming the league’s highest-paid non-quarterback with a contract valued at over $300,000. He has lived up to the billing thus far, entering Week 13 tied for second in the CFL with 849 receiving yards on 56 receptions, while adding five touchdowns.

The 28-year-old broke out with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2021, recording 64 receptions for a league-leading 1,014 yards with six touchdowns in 13 regular season games. He averaged 78 yards per game, 15.8 yards per catch, and had a league-best 10 plays of 30 yards or more while helping the team win the 108th Grey Cup.

The six-foot-three, 197-pound pass-catcher played 16 games in 2019 and led the Blue and Gold with 637 receiving yards on 41 receptions with four touchdowns. Those numbers helped him earn Winnipeg’s award for Most Outstanding Rookie. Lawler started three playoff games, adding eight receptions for 126 yards and one touchdown as Winnipeg won the 107th Grey Cup.

A former seventh-round pick by the NFL’s New York Jets, the Cal product first came to Canada with the B.C. Lions in 2018. Lawler attended training camp that year but was released prior to the start of the regular season.