Alouettes running back William Stanback carted off field with leg injury

Montreal Alouettes' Willian Stanback scores a touchdown against the Calgary Stampeders. (David Chidley/CP)

Montreal Alouettes running back William Stanback was forced to leave the team's season opener against the Calgary Stampeders with a lower leg injury.

Stanback suffered the injury in the second quarter as he tackled short of the endzone. He was seen holding his ankle area in clear pain.

The 27-year-old was greeted by teammates as he was carted off the field and replaced by Calgary native Jeshrun Antwi. Stanback scored the opening touchdown for Montreal and had 11 yards on three carries.

Alouettes head coach Khari Jones believes Stanback suffered a fractured ankle, according to Herb Zurkowsky of The Montreal Gazette.

Stanback led the CFL with 193 carries for 1,176 yards and three touchdowns in 2021. He signed a two-year extension with the team back in February.

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