January 8, 2015 9:05 pm

Bombers Lucas calls it quits

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers hired Cory McDiarmid as the team's linebackers coach.

Randall Paull / Global News

WINNIPEG – After two straight injury filled seasons Ryan Lucas announcing his retirement from the Canadian Football League.  Lucas joined the Bombers in 2012 but appeared in just nine games in the blue and gold over the past three seasons and didn’t even dress for a game last season after suffering a season ending torn ACL on the very first day of training camp.

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“Obviously having the injuries in consecutive seasons played in a role in my decision,“ said Lucas in a media release. “I really, honestly, cherished my time as a Bomber, and love the organization. It’s a place I wanted my career to end when that time did come.

Lucas, a defensive lineman began his career in 2007 with the Montreal Alouettes.  He also played one season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“Ryan Lucas is one of those people you just want to see succeed,” said General Manager Kyle Walters. “Unfortunately, having the injuries kind of pile up on him there made it difficult to move forward, but carving out a seven year CFL career is an accomplishment in its own.”

Lucas retires at the age of 30 after playing in just 17 regular season games and another two playoff games including the 2010 Grey Cup.

“It’s time to move on, and enjoy life after football.” said Lucas.

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