The B.C. Lions are getting a boost to their running game just in time for playoffs, as Taquan Mizzell will be back in the backfield when they take on the Calgary Stampeders in the West Semi-Final.
The 30-year-old CFL rookie missed the past two games with a rib injury but will be back in action on Saturday. In 14 appearances this season, he has carried the ball 157 times for 773 yards and three touchdowns, while adding 41 receptions for 291 yards and two more majors.
JaQuan Hardy, who rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown in two games, has been returned to the practice roster. Canadian Kienan LaFrance (triceps) has been placed on the one-game injured list, leaving Mizzell as the only running back active.
Defensive end Sione Teuhema will not be available for this game as he serves a one-game suspension for a punch thrown against Calgary left tackle D’Antne Demery the last time these two teams met. Defensive tackle Woody Baron will bounce out to start on the edge, while rookie Marcus Moore draws into the interior rotation. In two games this season, Moore recorded a tackle and an interception.
Canadian defensive back Adrian Greene is scheduled to return to the lineup after recovering from a knee injury. He will start at safety with American Quincy Mauger expected to rotate in heavily.
The Lions (12-6) will host the Stampeders (6-12) on Saturday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. B.C. secured victory in the first two meetings between these teams this season but dropped a 41-16 decision to Calgary at home two weeks ago.