Calgary Stampeders lose Malik Henry, Auden Tate to injuries in practice

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The Calgary Stampeders appear to have suffered two serious injuries during practice on Tuesday as receivers Malik Henry and Auden Tate both went down.

“(Henry)’s hurt, so not a good feeling, don’t know what to tell you at this point,” head coach and general manager Dave Dickenson told the media in Calgary. “We had a rough day, just disappointed that that happened for the guys. You can see that guys are somber about it because they didn’t look like they were minor injuries. I don’t know what else to say except that we’re going to work on it and do our best.”

Henry caught 14 passes for 228 yards and one touchdown in three games last season before suffering a season-ending Achilles injury. The 27-year-old from Tifton, Ga. had a breakout year with the Stampeders in 2022 during which he caught 62 passes for 1,023 yards and eight touchdowns.

The six-foot, 179-pound target was held out of Calgary’s recent preseason game against the B.C. Lions for precautionary reasons after the opening kickoff was delayed due to the presence of lightning in the area.

Tate signed with the Stampeders in February following NFL stints with the Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, and Arizona Cardinals. The six-foot-five, 228-pound native of Irmo, S.C. caught 61 passes for 799 yards and two touchdowns over four seasons with the Bengals after being selected in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Calgary will finish their preseason schedule on Friday, May 31 when they visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Princess Auto Stadium.