Lions without Canadian REC Jevon Cottoy for matchup with Bombers

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The B.C. Lions will be without hulking Canadian receiver Jevon Cottoy for Friday’s matchup with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The six-foot-five, 230-pound target has been a staple of the Lions’ starting lineup since 2019, hauling in 187 receptions for 2,312 yards and 11 touchdowns in 68 career games. He missed practice all of this week with a hamstring injury and has been placed on the one-game injured list.

In Cottoy’s absence, American receiver Stanley Berryhill III will make his CFL debut. The 26-year-old caught five passes for 66 yards in two preseason games this year. He previously recorded 139 catches for 1,477 yards and nine touchdowns over a four-year career at the University of Arizona, before suiting up in four games for the Detroit Lions without recording a catch. His NFL career came to an end in 2023 following a gambling suspension.

Also drawing into the lineup to fulfill ratio requirements is rookie Canadian receiver Kieran Poissant, who is also a product of the CJFL like Cottoy.

 

Defensively, veteran Ciante Evans will return to his regular field halfback spot after missing last week due to a non-football-related matter. Ronald Kent Jr., who recorded seven tackles in his absence against Calgary, has been placed on the practice roster, as has American linebacker Ayinde Eley.

First-round draft pick George Una continues to be the team’s only healthy scratch. Fellow Canadian offensive linemen Michael Couture (back) and David Knevel (foot) have both been upgraded to the six-game injured list after spending last week on the one-game.

The B.C. Lions (1-1) will visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-2) on Friday, June 21 with kickoff slated for 8:30 p.m. EDT.

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