Lions lose left tackle Jarell Broxton for clash with Riders

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The B.C. Lions will be without their stalwart blindside protector when they face the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday.

Left tackle Jarell Broxton (knee) has been placed on the one-game injured list. The Baylor product had started all nine games in his third year as a Lion and is having a breakout campaign, well on his way to a first all-star selection at 30 years old.

He will be replaced this week by Chris Schleuger, who makes his debut for B.C. after coming over from Montreal in free agency. He appeared in 22 CFL games over three seasons with the Alouettes, making 18 starts.

On the other side of the ball, defensive tackle Woody Baron (adductor) will also miss this week on the one-game injured list. The 30-year-old has made eight defensive tackles and three sacks this season. He is joined on the shelf by rookie Marcus Moore (hamstring).

However, the Lions will get a pair of impact starters back on defence after one game absences of their own. Defensive end Sione Teuhema (ankle) and cornerback Jalon Edwards-Cooper (knee) will both slot into their usual spots.

The team will also have veteran backup quarterback Dane Evans (ribs) back in the lineup this week, though he will be third on the depth chart as he continues to recover. Rookie Chase Brice has been returned to the practice squad.

The Lions (7-2) will visit the Riders (4-5) on Sunday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The two teams previously met in Week 7, with B.C. recording a 19-9 victory.

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