November 15, 2018

Checking Down: Bighill ready to go for Western Final

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TORONTO — Adam Bighill says that he is fine and will be ready to go heading into Sunday’s Western Final against the Stampeders. The Bombers linebacker left last weekend’s Semi-Final with a suspected upper-body injury. Yet, as soon as practice rolled around in preparation for the Stampeders, Adam Bighill was dressed and ready to go.

The retirement of Wally Buono is still very fresh in the minds of those involved with the BC Lions organization, as well as the team’s fans. Ed Hervey’s search for the team’s next head coach is likely underway, however, the team has gone ahead and shut down reports that Riders’ special teams coordinator, Craig Dickenson, would be interviewed for the vacant role.

Injuries continue to impact the Stampeders receiving corps, however, this week at practice, the Stamps appeared to be working with Eric Rogers, Chris Matthews, and Markeith Ambles as their first-team group. That’s not yet set in stone, though, as the practice week rolls forward with Calgary being sure to cycle through their receivers to find a grouping that fits their scheme against Winnipeg on Sunday.

All this and more in the latest from Checking Down:

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– BC Lions’ GM Ed Hervey states that with the retirement of Wally Buono, the next head coach will be someone who’s already in the CFL. (Farhan Lalji, TSN)

– Lions deny reports indicating that Riders’ Craig Dickenson would be interviewed for the vacant head coaching position. (CFL Staff)

– BC extends LB Jordan Herdman to a contract that will keep him as a Lion through 2020. (Lions Staff


Edmonton announced a list of signings following the season, including the addition of RB Shaq Cooper. (

– The Eskimos announced the signing of a list of players late last week. Included on that list are RB’s Shaq Cooper and Jordan Robinson. (Dave Campbell, CHED)  


– Eric Rogers, Chris Matthews, and Markeith Ambles receive the most first-team reps at practice. However, the Stamps are being sure to cycle all of their receivers through the lineup. (Danny Austin, Calgary Sun)

– Following the City of Calgary’s voting of ‘No’ to their Olympic bid, HC Dave Dickenson goes to say he will certainly be pushing for budgeting to allow the construction of a fieldhouse. (Danny Austin, Calgary Sun)

– HC Dave Dickenson states that Troy Stoudemire has a possibility of returning from injury for Sunday’s Western Final tilt against the Blue Bombers. Dickenson goes on to say that Marken Michel has yet to be medically cleared for contact but is progressing well. (Danny Austin, Calgary Sun)  



– The Riders announced earlier this week that the club has reached a contract extension with RB Marcus Thigpen. (CFL Staff




– LB Adam Bighill says he’s ‘fine’ after leaving last weekend’s Western Semi-Final early with a suspected upper-body injury. The West’s MODP was practising on Day 1 ahead of the Western Final in Calgary. (Darrin Bauming, TSN 1290)

– Jovan Santos-Knox did not practice Wednesday and is expected to also be unavailable on Thursday. HC Mike O’Shea says the LB remains a possibility, however, to play Sunday vs. Calgary. (Darrin Bauming, TSN 1290)

– Weston Dressler did not practice with the team on Wednesday. The Bombers’ receiver did speak to media the day before so his absence is suspected to simply be a maintenance day. (Darrin Bauming, TSN 1290)

– In addition to Dressler, Darvin Adams also spent Wednesday as a spectator at Bombers’ practice. Ryan Lankford, Rashaun Simonise, and Charles Nelson were all rotating through the receiving corps. 



Terrell Sinkfield has been working as a backup DB this week at Ticats practice with Jumal Rolle already being reported as being inactive for Sunday’s Eastern Final. (Steve Milton, Hamilton Spectator)

Tiger-Cats bring in WR Mitch O’Connor and DB Robert Porter Jr. as practice roster signings this week. (Steve Milton, Hamilton Spectator


The Toronto Argonauts announced the extension of Anthony Coombs, along with the extension of fellow Canadian Linden Gaydosh. (Adam Gagnon,

– Toronto has signed both Anthony Coombs and Linden Gaydosh to contract extensions. (Argos Staff



Antoine Pruneau has been practising since last week with the REDBLACKS. His return from injury in time for Sunday’s Eastern Final is evident. (REDBLACKS Staff


A potentially leaked graphic of the Alouettes new logo for 2019 has surfaced over social media this past week, raising discussion among fans. (

– The potential new logo of the Montreal Alouettes has raised some discussion on social media. The Alouettes have not confirmed whether the logo is indeed the logo the team will be sporting in 2019. (Chris Creamer,