September 12, 2018

Checking Down: The latest on Chris Rainey, Brandon Banks and more

Johany Jutras,

TORONTO — After being benched in last week’s game against Ottawa, Chris Rainey looks to be practicing with the Lions and receiving more reps. The veteran running back mentioned that if the team was trying to make him mad, they succeeded and that the 2016 version of him will be back.

Meanwhile, in the Hammer, Brandon Banks has been favouring a injured groin that he suffered in last weekend’s game against the Argos. Despite the injury, June Jones fully expects Banks to be ready to go for the Ticats’ tilt against Calgary this weekend.

Also, while the Lions were creating buzz with the addition of receiver DeVier Posey after a stint south the border, the Argos made a signing of their own in linebacker Jeff Knox Jr., who too had spent the summer in NFL training camp.

All this and more in the latest from Checking Down:

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Chris Rainey is expected to be back in the Lions lineup this week after being bench last week against the REDBLACKS. (Farhan Lalji, TSN)

– QB Travis Lulay practices with the Lions first-team offence on Monday. Was questionable heading into this week after leaving the game against the REDBLACKS. (Lowell Ullrich, TSN 1040)

– Lions’ head coach Wally Buono doesn’t expect Solomon Elimimian to be available to play for another 4-5 weeks after having his wrist re-evaluated earlier this week. (Farhan Lalji, TSN

DeVier Posey joins the Lions after being cut from the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. Steps in after news of Emmanuel Arceneaux likely being done for the season. (Lowell Ullrich, 3 Down Nation)

– Trade involving Maxx Forde being sent to Ottawa is voided after Forde failed his physical with the REDBLACKS. (Farhan Lalji, TSN)


The Edmonton Eskimos acquired running back Martese Jackson from Toronto, which will make an immediate impact on their return game. (The Canadian Press)

– Edmonton head coach, Jason Maas says RB C.J. Gable will be good to go following the team’s bye this week. It’s believed that Gable injured his wrist in last weekend’s game. (Morley Scott, CHED)

Eskimos acquire RB Martese Jackson, along with a conditional 2020 6th round draft pick in exchange for 2019 3rd round draft pick. Jackson immediately upgrades Edmonton’s return game. (Dave Campbell, CHED



Calgary projected as team most likely to win the 106th Grey Cup as CFL Simulation returns for 2018. (CFL Staff)

– Running back Don Jackson was back at practice for the Stamps on Tuesday. (Danny Austin, Calgary Sun)

– The Stampeders add defensive lineman Chris Casher and receiver Armanti Foreman, brother of Houston Texans’ running back D’onta Foreman, to their practice roster. (Danny Austin, Calgary Sun

– Former Argo LB Cory Greenwood gets added to the Stampeders practice roster. (CFL Staff)


Zach Collaros returned to practice after successfully clearing the concussion protocol and is expected to play this week against the REDBLACKS. (Arthur Ward,

QB Zach Collaros returns to practice for the Roughriders after successfully clearing concussion protocol. He’s expected to be making the start in Saskatchewan’s game on Saturday against Ottawa. (Justin Dunk, 3 Down Nation) 


It’s yet to be decided as to whether the Blue Bombers will elect to make the switch at quarterback after they’ve dropped the last four games. (The Canadian Press)

Mike O’Shea using Winnipeg’s bye week to evaluated the team’s quarterback situation after losing their last four games. (Darrin Bauming, TSN 1290) 


Banks, who has been favouring an injured groin this week, is still set to play in Hamilton’s game on Saturday against the Stampeders. (Johany Jutras,

Brandon Banks has been sitting out of practice this week, resting an injured groin suffered in the Ticats win over the Argos on Saturday. Banks is still set to play on Saturday, however, according to June Jones. (Matthew Scianitti, TSN)

– In first practice back since re-joining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Chad Owens suffers a rolled ankle. June Jones says the injury isn’t serious and that Owens should be fine. (Matthew Scianitti, TSN)

Ticats sign receiver Marquay McDaniel as injuries loom across the Black and Gold’s receiving corps. McDaniel had been coaching at McMaster. (Steve Milton, Hamilton Spectator)  


Marcus Ball suffered a leg injury in the Labour Day Classic against the Ticats, resulting in him being placed on the team’s six-game injury list. (Adam Gagnon,

Marcus Ball has been placed on the Argonauts six-game injured list after sustaining a leg injury in the Labour Day Classic. (Chris O’Leary,

– The Toronto Argonauts bring former Rider Jeff Knox Jr. on board after the linebacker spendt the summer south of the border in NFL training camp. (Frank Zicarelli, Toronto Sun) 



Lewis Ward has set the bar high for himself in his rookie season, even as he continues to add to a rookie record he already has his name attached to. (Jim Morris,


T.J. Graham has re-signed with the Montreal Alouettes after the team released him back in August. (

QB Johnny Manziel misses his third practice in a row. The absence means that Mike Sherman will need to decide who will be backing up Antonio Pipkin. (Didier Ormejuste, RDS)

– The Alouettes announce that receiver T.J. Graham is back with the team after being released on August 21. (Alouettes Staff)

Defensive back Marcellus Pippins has been added to the team’s practice roster. (Alouettes Staff)