Montreal Alouettes rest star receiver Eugene Lewis with receiving title in sight

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The Montreal Alouettes have decided to rest star receiver Eugene Lewis for Saturday’s regular-season finale, ending the team’s Most Outstanding Player nominee’s quest to lead the league in receiving yards.

Lewis sits third in the league in receiving yards entering Week 21. His 1,303 yards are 54 yards behind Winnipeg’s Dalton Schoen for the league lead. B.C.’s Dominique Rhymes is currently second in the league in that category, 11 yards behind Winnipeg’s rookie sensation. Both Rhymes and Schoen are listed as starters for their respective teams this week.

Lewis finished third in the league in receiving yards a season ago and was looking to become the first Alouettes player to lead the league in receiving yards since Jamel Richardson in 2011.

Lewis won’t be the only Alouettes regular to miss Saturday’s matchup with the Toronto Argonauts. Fellow receiver Jake Wieneke, offensive lineman Kristian Matte, linebacker Micah Awe, defensive backs Nafees Lyons and Raheem Wilson, and defensive lineman Almondo Sewell will all also sit out Saturday’s contest.

The Als (8-9), who play the Toronto Argonauts (11-6) on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. EDT, have already clinched second place in the East Division and will host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-10) in the East Semi-Final at Percival Molson Stadium on Sunday, November 6. The winner of that matchup will go on to play the Toronto Argonauts in the East Final at BMO Field on Sunday, November 13.