The B.C. Lions are receiving a big boost ahead of their West Final matchup, with starting left tackle Joel Figueroa returning to the lineup.
The 33-year-old Figueroa started all 18 games for the Lions during the regular season and was named the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman. However, he missed last week’s West Semi-Final with a shoulder injury and was not guaranteed to return for the second round of the playoffs.
Figueroa has played 108 games over the course of his nine-year CFL career, split between Hamilton, Edmonton and B.C. The Miami product has been named his team’s top lineman on three separate occasions.
With Figueroa returning, Jarell Broxton will bump back inside to left guard after holding down the blindside last week. Veteran Phil Norman, who started 15 games at left guard for the Lions this season, will be a healthy scratch.
The added protection will be critical to B.C.’s hopes of pulling an upset against the two-time defending champion Bombers, with quarterback Nathan Rourke not yet fully mobile after recovering from Lisfranc surgery. Figueroa is expected to face a heavy dose of both Willie Jefferson and Jackson Jeffcoat in pass protection.
The West Final is scheduled to kick off at 4:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, November 13 with the Bombers (15-3) hosting the Lions (12-6).