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Blue draft pick Robertson gone for season with torn ACL

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TRAINING camp doesn't open for a week, but the Winnipeg Blue Bombers already have their first significant injury.

Kris Robertson, a defensive back/kick returner taken in the second round (11th overall) in this month's CFL Canadian Draft, has suffered a knee injury that will cost him the entire 2013 season.

Robertson used his Twitter account to reveal the injury Friday afternoon, tweeting:

'It sucks to say but unfortunately I will not be going to camp with the blue bombers this year. I tore my ACL. I will recover from this.'

The Bombers won't comment on the significance of Robertson's injury until their medical staff has a chance to study the knee, but did confirm he would be out for the season.

Robertson, a 5-9 burner from Concordia, looked to be one of the intriguing storylines heading into camp. Originally not invited to the E-Camp for draft prospects, Robertson jumped off the page at a regional combine in Quebec City -- a performance that earned him a ticket to the main combine.

His test results were impressive as the recorded the top vertical jump (43 inches), broad jump (10 feet, 5.5 inches) and 40 time (4.423 seconds). The Bombers were impressed enough to take him 11th -- some draft experts thought it was a reach -- but he was a second-team all-Canadian last year and a first-team all-star in 2011.

The news is not all bad on the draft-pick front for their Bombers -- remember, their first choice Andy Mulumba is with the Green Bay Packers -- as the club has announced the signing of McMaster receiver Mike DiCroce, selected in the fourth round.

A Hec Crighton nominee and the OUA MVP in 2011, DiCroce missed all of last year's regular season with an injury, but was outstanding in the playoffs including pulling in nine passes for 90 yards in the 2012 Vanier Cup.

ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 25, 2013 C4

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