Bombers lose Leggett for season with torn Achilles tendon


Bombers lose Leggett for season with torn Achilles tendon

Moe Leggett
Maurice Leggett pulls in a pass during Winnipeg Blue Bomber practice in Winnipeg on Wed., Aug. 9, 2017. One of the best defensive players in the CFL, the Bombers strong-side linebacker will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon late in the 26-20 win over the B.C. Lions on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Kevin King/Winnipeg Sun/Postmedia Network

Winnipeg Blue Bombers strong-side linebacker Moe Leggett, one of the best defensive players in the CFL, will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon late in Saturday’s win over the B.C. Lions.

Leggett suffered the injury after landing awkwardly while recovering an onside kick attempt by the Lions.

He crumpled to the ground and immediately grabbed at his right leg in the area of the Achilles. He was carried off the field and was in obvious pain.

Leggett has been arguably the Bombers best defensive player this season, with 50 tackles, three interceptions (one for a touchdown) and three quarterback sacks. He also returned a punt for a touchdown.

Last season, he led the Bombers with seven interceptions and had three touchdowns.

The injury is horrible news for Leggett, and for the Bombers, who have an 11-4 record and have clinched a playoff spot.

Torn Achilles tendon injuries usually come with a minimum six months recovery time and that is just for people to resume routine activities. They can be more devastating to professional athletes.

The Bombers will have a major hole to fill when they take on the Toronto Argonauts next Saturday.

Brandon Alexander, who is currently starting at field corner for the Bombers, has filled in for Leggett at strong-side linebacker in the past. There will certainly need to be some juggling in the secondary to make that happen, as halfback Brian Walker was also injured in Saturday’s game.

The Bombers have defensive backs Robert Porter and Darnell Walker, Jr., on the practice roster.

Published at Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:21:00 -0400