Edmonton Elks’ receiver Kenny Lawler undergoes season-ending surgery

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Edmonton Elks’ receiver Kenny Lawler has undergone season-ending surgery on his collarbone, according to 630 CHED’s Dave Campbell.

The 28-year-old was injured during this past week’s 25-18 loss to the Montreal Alouettes. He made two receptions for 45 yards in the game.

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 started 12 games and recorded 58 catches for 894 yards and five touchdowns. He recently missed three games due to an ankle injury.

The six-foot-three, 197-pound target 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.

Lawler 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.