The Winnipeg Blue Bombers thought they were set at running back. They thought wrong.
Import starter Chris Garrett tore his Achilles tendon during Tuesday's practice and is lost for the season.
Winnipeg general manager Joe Mack issued a statement saying, "We are extremely disappointed after hearing the news from the doctors about how serious Chris' injury exactly is. It is unfortunate for the Club, but also for Chris as he was someone who was looking forward to being a big part of our offence this season. Chris is a tough young man who will overcome this and we wish him a quick recovery."
Garrett rushed for 576 yards last season after replacing Fred Reid and Carl Volny, both of whom suffered injuries. Garrett had a career day, running for 190 yards, in the 2011 East Division Final win over the Montreal Alouettes.
The Blue Bombers have import running back Chad Simpson on their roster along with non-imports Anthony Woodson and Michel-Pierre Pontbriand.