Sherko Haji-Rasouli hurt again in first practice after injury

The unofficial start to the second-half of the season following a bye week for the B.C. Lions also appears to mark another injury setback to the player who seems to typify the struggles of the CFL team this year, Sherko Haji-Rasouli.

In his first practice with fellow starters since suffering a pre-season MCL strain that has kept him out all year, the offensive lineman suffered a twisted right knee that prevented him from work Saturday.

It means there's a reasonable chance the Lions' plan to have the veteran back at right tackle Friday against the Calgary Stampeders may be placed on hold and the club is again forced to go with three imports on the offensive line.

"Very frustrating," Haji-Rasouli said.

Justin Sorensen took all of Haji-Rasouli's reps Saturday as the Lions are committed to returning Jon Hameister-Reis to left guard. However, coach Wally Buono said the Lions also may examine using import Dane Randolph at right tackle and nullify any potential ratio advantage gained by the signing last week of non-import lineman Joe McGrath. Dean Valli was also back at centre Saturday, which would mean the end of Angus Reid as a starter after four games. If the Lions go through with the changes, it will mean the club will have its fifth line combination in eight games when they face Calgary.

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