July 10, 2019

Checking Down: News and notes from Week 5

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be without Sean Thomas Erlington for the time being, as the running back was added to the six-game injured list.

Receiver Bryan Burnham returns to the BC Lions lineup after missing last week’s contest against Toronto.

After an injury scare in Week 4, Matt Nichols was practicing this week.

Plus, is Nick Arbuckle the next quarterback prospect in the CFL?

All that and more in a busy week of Checking Down:

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Josh Bartel is the newest member of the BC Lions (Johany Jutras/CFL.ca)

– The Lions have added another piece to their special teams puzzle, inking punter Josh Bartel (CFL.ca).

– It happened very quickly, but Josh Bartel is excited about his opportunity to join the BC Lions (BCLions.com).

– After missing Week 4’s contest, Bryan Burnham was a full participant at practice on Monday and is expected to play on Thursday against the Eskimos (Farhan Lalji, TSN).



– After a week off full of team bonding, the Edmonton Eskimos are refreshed and ready to take on the BC Lions this week (CFL.ca).

– Martese Jackson is looking forward to his first return touchdown as a member of the Edmonton Eskimos (Esks.com).

– The Eskimos have released American running back Jordan Robinson and American wide receiver Bryce Bobo (CFL.ca).

– In other roster news, the Esks have also released American defensive lineman Darius Jackson (Esks.com).

– While it hasn’t been a perfect start to the season for Edmonton – penalties and not finishing drives with touchdowns have been an issue – the Esks are back from their bye week ready to go to work (Morely Scott, 630CHED).


Is Nick Arbuckle the next quarterback prospect in the CFL? (The Canadian Press)

– Just like the DJ Khaled song says, all the Calgary Stampeders do is win, no matter what (Chris O’Leary, CFL.ca).

– After back to back victories, is Nick Arbuckle on track to become the next quarterback prospect in the CFL? (CFL.ca).

– Tre Roberson had two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, in the Stamps win over the Riders and was named a Shaw Top Performer for Week 4 (CFL.ca). 

– None of Tre Roberson’s five interceptions this season were because of luck – they were all thanks to preparation that the defensive back did in the film room (George Johnson, Stampeders.com).

– In roster news, the Stampeders signed running back Simon Gingras-Gagnon (Stampeders.com).


What do the Roughriders do at quarterback now? (Johany Jutras/CFL.ca)

– With Zach Collaros lost to injury and Cody Fajardo coming off a sub-par outing against the Stampeders, what do the Riders do at quarterback now? (Rob Vanstone, Regina Leader-Post).


All eyes were on Mike Miller last week and his ‘special’ night (Patrick Doyle/CFL.ca)

-There were two unlikely heroes in the Bombers’ Week 4 win over Ottawa. CFL.ca’s Matthew Cauz weighs in on a ‘special’ performance from the Blue and Gold (Matthew Cauz, CFL.ca).

– Mike Miller’s seven special teams tackles in the Bombers contest against the REDBLACKS tied a CFL record for the most in a single game (CFL.ca).

– Those seven special teams tackles earned Miller a Shaw Top Performer nod after Week 4 (CFL.ca).

– With an impressive Week 4 outing, Blue Bombers.com’s Ed Tait goes one-on-one with special teams ace Mike Miller (Ed Tait, BlueBombers.com).

– The Bombers added national defensive back Dondre Wright to the team’s practice roster on Monday (CFL.ca).

– Despite leaving last week’s game against the REDBLACKS with an injury, quarterback Matt Nichols was practicing this week (Ed Tait, BlueBombers.com).


Sean Thomas Erlington has been added to the six-game injured list (Shannon Vizniowski/CFL.ca)

– With Sean Thomas Erlington on the 6-game injured list, how do the Ticats fill the void at running back? (CFL.ca).

– Sean Thomas Erlington has had surgery on his knee, but it was not his ACL. The recovery will take longer than six weeks but he is expected to return this season (Farhan Lalji, TSN).


Drew Brown was released from the Argonauts this week (Peter Power/CFL.ca)

– In roster news, the Argos released kicker Drew Brown and re-signed kicker Tyler Crapigna on Tuesday (CFL.ca).

– Linebacker Ian Wild was a bright spot for the Argos in their loss last week, tying a career-high in tackles in a single game with 13 (Frank Zicarelli, Toronto Sun).


The REDBLACKS have added Jeff Knox Jr. to their roster (Johany Jutras/CFL.ca)

– The REDBLACKS added American linebacker Jeff Knox Jr. to the roster on Monday (CFL.ca).

– The team also released American wide receiver Ryan Lankford, American defensive lineman Blaine Woodson, and American defensive back Ranthony Texada (CFL.ca). 


William Stanback was a game-changer in the Alouettes win last week (MontrealAlouettes.com)

– Following his retirement last week, Luc Brodeur-Jourdain joined the Alouettes coaching staff as an assistant offensive line coach on Tuesday (CFL.ca).

–  Linebacker Chris Ackie returns to Montreal, signing a one-year deal with the team on Monday (CFL.ca).

– The Alouettes released receivers Félix Faubert-Lussier and T.J. Graham, linebacker Jason Hall as well as defensive lineman Fabion Foote (CFL.ca).

– William Stanback collected over 200 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the Alouettes win over Hamilton and that performance earned him a Shaw Top Performer nod (CFL.ca).

– Linebacker Glenn Love was added to the six-game injured list with a knee injury (Didier Ormejuste, RDS).

– Quarterback Antonio Pipkin practiced on Tuesday and got a few reps with the starting offence but it was Vernon Adams Jr. who had spent the majority of the time with the starters (Didier Ormejuste, RDS).