Ottawa Redblacks’ former first overall pick Dontae Bull on crutches, will undergo testing

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Ottawa Redblacks’ offensive lineman Dontae Bull was on crutches at training camp on Tuesday, though head coach Bob Dyce seemed cautiously optimistic about his prognosis.

“Dontae’s better than what we anticipated,” Dyce told the media in Ottawa. “We’ll see what happens when he gets the test that he needs and we’ll work forward with that when we get that information.”

Tim Baines of Postmedia reported on Monday that Bull needed to be helped off the field late during practice. According to 3DownNation reporter John Hodge, Bull is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

The six-foot-six, 330-pound native of Victoria, B.C. was the first overall pick in the 2023 CFL Draft out of Fresno State University. He spent the first half of his rookie season on Ottawa’s one-game injured list before making seven starts at right tackle.

Bull is currently in one of the most intriguing position battles in training camp as he and Zack Pelehos, the team’s first-round pick from the 2022 CFL Draft out of the University of Ottawa, compete for the starting job at right tackle.

The Redblacks will play their first preseason game on Saturday, May 25 when they visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Tim Hortons Field.