In a severe blow to the Calgary Stampeders, wide receiver Malik Henry confirmed he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon during the team’s recent defeat against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Henry’s injury exacerbates the Stampeders’ ongoing injury woes, leaving a significant void in an already depleted offense.
The 26-year-old dynamic receiver was in the midst of an impressive game, having racked up 92 receiving yards and a touchdown when a non-contact incident led to his injury. He was immediately aided off the field and later transported from the sideline on a cart. While the recovery timetable remains undisclosed, it’s expected that Henry will face an extensive period of rehabilitation.
Despite the setback, Henry demonstrated resilience and determination in a Twitter post: “It’s gonna be a long process, but I know God wouldn’t put me through anything I couldn’t handle.” This strength of character will undoubtedly be a critical factor in his road to recovery.
Henry’s injury is the latest in a string of setbacks for the Stampeders, who are already grappling with the absence of key players like running back Ka’Deem Carey and receiver Reggie Begelton. Both players are currently on the six-game injured list, while other crucial contributors, including Nationals Tyson Middlemost and Jalen Philpot, share the same predicament.
The loss of Henry, who had accumulated 1,023 receiving yards along with eight touchdowns in the previous season, is particularly significant for the Stampeders. The team had demonstrated faith in his abilities by signing him to a three-year contract extension in October last year.
Now, as the Stampeders enter a bye week, the team faces a difficult challenge of regrouping and finding a way to compensate for the loss of their star players.
Their next game will see them take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at IG Field on Friday, July 7, a test that will likely reveal the team’s depth and resilience amidst adversity.
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