Crutch time for top CFL prospect

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:36 PM ET

As his fellow CFL draft prospects buzzed around, participating in various drills, offensive lineman Pascal Baillargeon hunched over on crutches, barely able to watch.

The football future of Baillargeon, ranked No. 12 by the CFL scouting bureau for the Canadian draft onMay 8, was thrown into doubt when he suffered a suspected anterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee during a drill on Sunday. If the ligament is torn, Baillargeon faces a long recovery period and his final year at Laval would be in jeopardy.

And how it would affect Baillargeon’s draft status? He doesn’t want to think about that.

“Bad news for me, bad timing,” the 6-foot-5, 300-pound guard said. “Really disappointing. If it is my ACL, I can’t play my last season. This is a tough day.”

Another top prospect, No. 7-ranked Nathan Coehoorn, a wide receiver at the University of Calgary, limped off the field at Varsity Centre. Coehoorn appeared to be favouring an ankle after falling during a catching drill.


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