Toronto Raptors mascot out for the year with Achilles injury

For one member of the Toronto Raptors, the season is over before it’s even begun. The Toronto Star reports that the Raptors mascot, the Chicken, will miss the 2013-14 season after blowing out its Achilles tendon.

If this doesn’t sound like a big deal to you, just read how Star columnist Cathal Kelly describes the injury:

You could make a pretty good argument that the Chicken (a.k.a. The Raptor) is this franchise’s standout performer. He’s a Canadian all-star. A 19-year veteran. Doesn’t have off years. Appreciates our TV selection.
There have been nights — oh God, so many nights — when the only reason to stick around past the third quarter was to see the Inflatable Raptor ‘eat’ security guards on the sideline.

We’re not sure what he’s paid. We’re sure it’s not enough.

We feel your pain, Toronto. It’s going to be a long year. Here’s some footage from the good ol’ days.