Redblacks to be without starting centre Darius Ciraco against Argos

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The Ottawa Redblacks will be without starting centre Darius Ciraco for their pivotal Week 16 matchup against the Toronto Argonauts.

Ciraco has been ruled out of the contest and placed on the one-game injured list after a hip issue left him unable to practice on Thursday. He will be replaced in the lineup by rookie Cyrille Hogan-Saindon, Ottawa’s second-round pick in the 2022 CFL Draft.

After coming over from Hamilton in free agency, the 26-year-old Ciraco has started all 12 games at centre for the Redblacks this season. In three previous seasons with the Ticats, the former first-round pick out of the University of Calgary started 46 regular season games, 12 at centre and 34 at right guard.

Drafted out of Laval, Hogan-Saindon has dressed in every game this season and seen significant playing time as the team’s primary backup. In 2021, he was a Quebec conference all-star, before posting 26 reps on the bench at the CFL National Combine, the most among offensive linemen.

The Redblacks (3-9) are scheduled to host the Argos (7-5) at 7 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 24.