Ottawa Redblacks rule out Jaelon Acklin for pivotal game against Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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The Ottawa Redblacks will be without star receiver Jaelon Acklin for the second consecutive week, according to the team’s injury report.

The 27-year-old suffered head and shoulder injuries as a result of an illegal hit from Montreal Alouettes’ linebacker Micah Awe in Week 18. He was placed on the one-game injured list this past week and was a limited participant in practice on Tuesday, though he did not participate on Wednesday.

Acklin has enjoyed a breakout season in 2022, his first with the Redblacks, making 75 receptions for 1,169 yards and two touchdowns. He remains the league’s fourth-leading receiver despite missing one game due to injury and Ottawa’s lack of stability at the quarterback position.

The Western Illinois product joined the team in free agency this past offseason after two seasons with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He started 16 games for the Ticats in 2019, recording 57 receptions for 701 yards and three touchdowns. He improved in his second CFL season in 2021, recording 50 receptions for 678 yards and four touchdowns over 14 regular season games.

The Redblacks will be without a number of key other players, including running back Williams Powell (shoulder), receiver Tevaun Smith (ribs), strong-side linebacker Patrick Levels (ankle), defensive halfback Abdul Kanneh (ankle), and return specialist DeVonte Dedmon (quadricep).

Ottawa (4-12) remains eligible for the postseason but must sweep their upcoming home-and-home with Hamilton in order to potentially qualify. They are scheduled to visit the Ticats on Friday, Oct. 21 with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. EDT.