The Hamilton Tiger-Cats suffered a huge blow this past weekend as they lost wide receiver Brandon Banks for the rest of the season with a broken clavicle in Hamilton’s 35-31 loss to the Ottawa Redblacks on Friday. A two-time Canadian Football League all-star, Banks is very valuable to the Tiger-Cats because he is not only a dynamic wide receiver, but is one of the CFL’s best kick return specialists as well.
Banks is currently second in the CFL with 1423 yards receiving. He is only behind D’haquille Williams of the Edmonton Eskimos in that category as Williams has 1534 yards receiving. Banks is also second in the CFL with 94 receptions. He only trails Ottawa Redblacks wide receiver Brad Sinopoli of Peterborough, Ontario, who leads the CFL with 109 receptions. Banks is also tied for the CFL lead in touchdown receptions, as his 11 is tied with Tiger-Cats receiver Luke Tasker.
Even though the Tiger-Cats lost to the Redblacks, they are playoff bound with a record of eight wins and eight losses. They are guaranteed at least second in the Eastern Division and still have a chance of finishing first in the East. They only trail the Redblacks, who are at nine wins and seven losses. Ottawa and Hamilton play against each other again Saturday afternoon in Hamilton. Then in week 21 to close out the regular season, Ottawa hosts the Toronto Argonauts on November 2 and Hamilton hosts the Montreal Alouettes on November 3.