The Calgary Stampeders will be without the services of star receiver Reggie Begelton for longer than expected after he was placed on the six-game injured ahead of Saturday’s matchup with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The 29-year-old was ruled out of the game due to a rib injury that required a minor procedure and is expected to be out for at least a few weeks. The Stampeders will be replacing him with a committee of Canadians, as 2023 first-round pick Cole Tucker draws his first career start and Colton Hunchak and Rysen John are both activated for this game.
Begelton has recorded 257 catches for 3,508 yards and 19 touchdowns over 55 career CFL games since joining the Stampeders in 2017. He has caught 14 passes for 182 yards through two games this season and sat second league-wide in receiving yards entering Week 3.
Also missing from the starting lineup will be strong-side linebacker Titus Wall (hamstring) and field-side cornerback Julian Charles (knee), both of whom have been added to the one-game injured list. Canadian defensive back Shaquille St-Lot (hamstring) will also be on the one-game, while receiver Tyson Middlemost (hamstring) has been added to the six-game.
Natrell Jamerson returns to the roster after battling a knee injury and will take back over at corner, while rookie Michael Griffin gains his first start at SAM linebacker in place of Wall. Defensive back Tae Daley and linebacker Perry Young round out the additions to the lineup.
Calgary (1-1) is scheduled to host the Riders (1-1) on Saturday, June 24 with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. EDT. They are currently point favourites.