Winnipeg Blue Bombers move DL Cameron Lawson to six-game injured list, sign three

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have moved Canadian defensive lineman Cameron Lawson to the six-game injured list.

The six-foot-three, 281-pound native of Caledon, Ont. played all 18 games for the team in 2023, notching eight defensive tackles, five sacks, and one interception while playing a rotational role behind veteran Jake Thomas. He signed a two-year contract extension with Winnipeg this off-season that made him one of the league’s highest-paid interior defenders.

Originally selected in the second round of the 2020 CFL Draft by the Montreal Alouettes, Lawson was traded to Winnipeg following his rookie year. In 2022, he played all 18 games, notching 12 tackles and one sack.

Prior to the CFL, the 25-year-old played four seasons at Queen’s University. He amassed 73.5 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, and 10 sacks over that span and was named a second-team U Sports All-Canadian as a senior.

The Blue Bombers have also signed American receiver Sy Barnett, American offensive lineman Kendall Randolph, and American defensive back Russell Dandy.

Barnett caught 53 passes for 694 yards and four touchdowns during his final collegiate season at Davenport University, a Division II program located in Grand Rapids, Mi. He signed with the New Orleans Saints after going unselected in the 2023 NFL Draft but was waived before the start of training camp. He also punted collegiately.

Randolph played tight end and along the offensive line over his collegiate career at the University of Alabama during which he won a CFP National Championship in 2020. The six-foot-four, 300-pound blocker signed with the Seattle Seahawks after going unselected in the 2023 NFL Draft but was waived near the end of training camp.

Dandy was named a Walter Camp All-American this past season at Eastern Illinois University where he made 34 total tackles, 18 pass knockdowns, one tackle for loss, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.

Winnipeg has also released American receiver Oliver Martin.