September 26, 2018

Checking Down: Stamps getting healthier

Larry MacDougal,

TORONTO — Despite the injury-riddled list the Calgary Stampeders have had on their hands the past few weeks, things appear to be looking up for the Red and Black as the offence looks to be nearing a return of receiver Eric Rogers. The return of one of the Stamps top offensive targets provides Bo Levi Mitchell with a promising target with the injuries to DaVaris Daniels and Kamar Jorden.

The Montreal Alouettes made news when they traded away running back Tyrell Sutton to the BC Lions. Sutton, who re-signed with the Als in the off-season, was wanting to stay in Montreal win or lose. The Alouettes acquired a second-round pick in next year’s CFL Draft as part of the deal.

Hamilton’s Brandon Banks looks to be returning to the lineup for the Ticats after spending the past two games absent with a groin injury. However, the Ticats look to be potentially without Terrence Toliver, who has been put under concussion protocol according to head coach June Jones.

All this and more in the latest from Checking Down:

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– It’s being reported that Emmanuel Arceneaux is missing the remainder of the season as he is on crutches following knee surgery; six weeks of non-weight bearing ahead of him. (Lowell Ullrich, TSN

Quarterback Jonathon Jenning and receiver Bryan Burnham receive Top Performers of the Week honours following their Week 15 stunning victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. (CFL Staff)

– Lions’ GM Ed Hervey acquires running back Tyrell Sutton from the Montreal Alouettes as an effort to get more physical in the backfield with Jeremiah Johnson. (Farhan Lalji, TSN)

– The Lions have signed receiver Tyler Davis and defensive back Keon Lyn to their practice roster, as well as releasing kicker Quinn Van Gylswyck. (Lions Staff



The Edmonton Eskimos brought back DB Brandyn Thompson after releasing him after training camp as he rehabbed from an Achilles injury. (Johany Jutras,

– The Eskimos add a list of five players to their practice roster including 2016 Grey Cup-winning linebacker Taylor Reed. (Dave Campbell, CHED)

DB Arjen Colquhoun and OL Tommie Draheim both were back at practice this week following injuries. (Dave Campbell, CHED)

– Defensive back Brandyn Thompson rejoins the Eskimos after completing rehab on a torn Achilles injury. The veteran gets assigned to the team’s practice roster. (Dave Campbell, CHED)



– With a win over the Argos on Saturday, the Stampeders could be the first team to clinch a playoff spot. (CFL Staff)

– The Calgary Stampeders could have on of Bo Levi Mitchell’s big targets back in Eric Rogers as he has been back practising with the team this week. (Danny Austin, Calgary Sun

Markeith Ambles could be getting activated from the Stamps practice roster in the event that Eric Rogers is still a week away from returning. (Danny Austin, Calgary Sun)


The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced a series of practice roster signings on Wednesday. (The Canadian Press)

Chris Jones says that Naaman Roosevelt will not be playing in Sunday’s game for precautionary reasons due to a hit he received in last week’s game against the Argos. (Ian Hamilton,

The Roughriders announced a series of practice roster signings on Wednesday, including running back Sherman Badie and linebacker James Graham. (Riders Staff 


Linebacker Adam Bighill was seen sporting a brace on his right arm at practice this week, however, he was still able to be an active participant. (Jimmy Jeong,

– Kick returner Charles Nelson receives reps on offence at practice on Wednesday. Daniel Petermann gets reps in place of Nic Demski. (Darrin Bauming, TSN 1290)

Andrew Harris suited up in full gear for practice on Wednesday, running and taking handoffs from Matt Nichols. (Darrin Bauming, TSN 1290)

Maurice Leggett and Jackson Jeffcoat remain as non-participants at practice this week for the Bombers. (Darrin Bauming, TSN 1290)

– Winnipeg’s Adam Bighill has been seen wearing a brace on his right arm this week at practice and has been an active participant. (Darrin Bauming, TSN 1290)

– Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea is not ruling out Andrew Harris, Darvin Adams or Nic Demski ahead of Friday’s game against the Alouettes. He says the team will continue to monitor them throughout the week. (Darrin Bauming, TSN 1290


Banks, who has been favouring an injured groin this week, is expected to be active for Saturday’s game against the Lions. (Johany Jutras,

– Hamilton’s Terrence Toliver may add to the list of injured receivers the Ticats have on their hands as he has been said to be under concussion protocol. (Louis Butko, TSN 1150)

June Jones confirms that Terrence Toliver has been placed under concussion protocol, however, he is progressing well and could be practising with the team as soon as Thursday. (Matthew Scianitti, TSN)

Ticats elect to only dress two quarterbacks for the remainder of the season as a way to save with the salary cap. (Steve Milton, 3 Down Nation)

Jamal Westerman is being labelled as day-to-day with a sprained ankle. No word on whether the Ticats can be expecting him in Saturday’s tilt against the Lions. (Louis Butko, TSN 1150)

June Jones says Brandon Banks looks ready to play in Saturday’s game against the Lions. Banks has missed the last two games as a result of a groin injury suffered in the Labour Day rematch on September 8. (Matthew Scianitti, TSN)

– Defensive lineman Jason Neill will be out of the Tiger-Cats’ lineup this week as he is dealing with a pulled hamstring. (Louis Butko, TSN 1150)  



Bear Woods is being said to be week-to-week by head coach Marc Trestman following an injury against the Roughriders last week. (Alex D’Addese)

Boatmen add quarterback Greg McGhee and kicker Felix Menard-Briere to the team’s practice roster following league’s PR list expansion. (Argos Staff)

Argos remaining patient with Duron Carter’s learning of the playbook, but should expect to be more active in the Double Blue’s game plan this week against the Stamps. (3 Down Staff)

Marc Trestman has appeared to have ruled out a return of quarterback Ricky Ray this season, stating the team’s quarterback situation will carry on ‘as is’ for the remainder of the season. (Chris O’Leary,

Linebacker Bear Woods is being labelled as week-to-week following an injury sustained in the Argos Week 15 loss to the Roughriders. (Frank Zicarelli, Toronto Sun)

Argos bring in former Riders draft pick in kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk after being released by the Lions earlier in the week. (Justin Dunk, 3 Down Nation


Lewis Ward’s Week 15 record-breaking performance was rewarded by the league this week, earning Top Performer honours. (Adam Gagnon,

REDBLACKS rookie kicker Lewis Ward gets rewarded following breaking the single-season record for most consecutive made field goals with Top Performer honours for Week 15. (REDBLACKS Staff)  


The Montreal Alouettes acquired a 2019 second-round draft pick from the BC Lions in exchange for running back Tyrell Sutton and a third-round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft. (The Canadian Press)

– Fullback Patrick Lavoie was not at practice for the Alouettes on Tuesday. (Didier Ormejuste, RDS)

– The Alouettes traded away running back Tyrell Sutton and a third round selection in the 2019 CFL Draft to the BC Lions in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft. (Didier Ormejuste, RDS)