B.C. Lions to be without receiver Lucky Whitehead versus Argos

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The B.C. Lions will be without electric receiver Lucky Whitehead when they take on the Toronto Argonauts.

Whitehead has been unable to practice this week due to an ankle injury sustained in the team’s win over Ottawa. The receiver was rolled up on during a James Butler run near the goal line and had his leg twisted awkwardly. He later returned to the game but was forced to exit permanently after aggravating the injury on a throw to the endzone.

B.C. currently has three receivers among the top ten in yardage, with Whitehead sitting seventh with 73 receptions for 966 yards and three touchdowns.

The former NFL speedster first played in the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers but achieved stardom last year in B.C., catching 60 passes for 932 yards and four touchdowns on his way to a CFL all-star selection. He previously spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.

Whitehead will be replaced in the lineup by rookie Alexander Hollins, getting his first taste of CFL action. The six-foot, 175-pound receiver was an All-American selection after an outstanding senior season at Eastern Illinois in which he caught 79 passes for 1,090 yards and 16 touchdowns, earning a UDFA shot with the Minnesota Vikings. He played four games for the team in 2019, catching two passes for 46 yards.

The Lions (10-4) are scheduled to take on the Argos (8-6) at 4:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 8.