Veteran running back Don Jackson returns to Ticats’ lineup, replacing injured Wes Hills

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will have a familiar face in the backfield as they make their final push to the playoffs, as running back Don Jackson is slated to return to the lineup this week.

The 29-year-old back has not played since Week 13 due to injury but was listed as a healthy scratch last week. In nine games played in 2022, Jackson has carried 73 times for 272 yards and one touchdown to go with 31 catches for 234 yards and another score through the air.

Jackson played four regular-season games for the Ticats in 2021, registering 44 carries for 245 yards and one rushing touchdown as well as eight receptions for 94 yards and one receiving touchdown. He was a critical part of the team’s run to a second straight Grey Cup appearance, amassing 40 carries for 200 yards and a touchdown in three playoff games.

In 33 career games with Hamilton and Calgary, the Nevada product has carried the ball 335 times for 1,687 yards and seven touchdowns, adding 83 receptions for 628 yards and two majors as a receiver.

Second-year man Wes Hills has served as Hamilton starting back for the past four games, cementing himself with a 132-yard performance against Saskatchewan in Week 18. The 27-year-old was limited in practice this week due to a quadriceps injury and has officially been ruled out.

In five games this season, Hills has 64 carries for 343 yards and one touchdown while catching eight passes for 79 yards.

The running game will be a meaningful part of Hamilton’s push for the playoffs, as the team can secure a post-season berth by winning both of their final two games. That endeavour continues on Friday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. EDT when the Ticats (6-10) host the Ottawa Redblacks (4-12).