Toronto Argonauts lose former first-round NFL draft pick Shane Ray for rest of season

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The Toronto Argonauts will be without defensive end Shane Ray for the rest of the season due to a torn bicep, according to Frank Zicarelli of the Toronto Sun.

The 29-year-old has started 13 games this season and recorded 13 defensive tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles. This was a solid improvement over his rookie season in 2021 when he dressed for only five games due to injury and made four tackles.

Ray was selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played in 14 games as a rookie and made 20 tackles and four sacks while helping his team win the Super Bowl 50. He improved during his second year and recorded 48 tackles, eight sacks, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble.

The six-foot-three, 245-pound pass rusher underwent a number of surgeries on his wrist over the next two seasons (2018-2019) and it limited his production as he made 26 total tackles and two sacks over 19 games. He was in training camp with the Baltimore Ravens in 2019 but was released upon its conclusion.

Zicarelli also reported that weak-side linebacker Wynton McManis has an MCL injury and will be out this week against the B.C. Lions. It is expected that the Most Outstanding Defensive Player candidate will miss a month of action.

McManis has started all 14 games for the Argos this season and recorded 88 defensive tackles, seven special teams tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, and one forced fumble.