Alouettes’ homegrown receiver Hergy Mayala to miss East Final with illness

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Canadian receiver Hergy Mayala will not be in the Montreal Alouettes’ lineup for the East Final after being struck down by illness this week.

Signed as a free agent this offseason, Mayala has been a consistent depth piece in the Alouettes’ receiving core. The Congolese-born, Montreal-raised pass catcher notched 33 receptions for 409 yards and two touchdowns in 16 regular season games.

Originally drafted eighth overall in the first round of the 2019 CFL Draft by Calgary, Mayala burst onto the scene with 562 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie with the Stampeders. He finished with just 284 yards in his 2021 follow-up campaign, but has regained form with Montreal.

Mayala’s absence means that American rookie Cole Spieker will draw into the starting lineup in just his third career CFL game. The 26-year-old product of Wisconsin-La Crosse dressed in Week 19 without recording a statistic but came up big in the regular season finale against Toronto, catching six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.

The ratio switch means that backup defensive tackle Michael Wakefield will be made a healthy scratch. The five-year CFL veteran recorded 20 tackles and three sacks in 14 appearances this year.

The Alouettes (9-9) will kick off the East Final against the Toronto Argonauts (11-7) at BMO Field on Sunday, November 13 at 1:00 p.m. EST.