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TORONTO — Will Arndt will get his second consecutive start this weekend for the REDBLACKS.
Canadian QB Brandon Bridge has found a new home in BC.
In his first game with the Stampeders, linebacker Marcus Ball suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season.
Plus, Zach Collaros is settling in nicely in Winnipeg with the Blue Bombers.
The latest news and notes from Week 19 in this week’s Checking Down:
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– Quarterback Mike Reilly will miss the rest of the season following surgery to repair a fractured wrist (CFL.ca).
– Without Mike Reilly, it’s Danny O’Brien’s team for the rest of the year and he’s ready to assume the starting role for the Lions (Matt Baker, BCLions.com).
– It’s always been a grind for Chris Presson and it hasn’t stopped for him now as the Edmonton Eskimos’ president (Chris O’Leary, CFL.ca).
– Is Bo Levi Mitchell heating up at just the right time? More in this week’s Rockstar QB Index (CFL.ca).
– Young Canadians, including Ante Milanovic-Litre, Herdy Mayala and Royce Metchie, have all stepped up for the Stampeders over the past few weeks (Danny Austin, Calgary Sun).
– The Roughriders aren’t taking the recently eliminated BC Lions lightly heading into their Week 19 matchup (CFL.ca).
– Shaq Evans has become a staple of the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ offence this season and he’s confident he’s one of the best receivers in the game right now (CFL.ca).
– Receiver Kenny Stafford remains upbeat despite the fact that he’s expected to sit out of his ninth straight game against the BC Lions (Greg Harder, Regina Leader-Post).
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
– Collaros took full-speed reps for the first time since Week 1 on Tuesday and says he feels good and is ready to play (Darrin Bauming, TSN1290).
– With their win over the Montreal Alouettes last week, the Blue Bombers felt like they got their identity back (Ed Tait, BlueBombers.com).
– For the Ticats, the focus remains on November, but winning a franchise-high 13th regular season game would be an incredible accomplishment (Chris O’Leary, CFL.ca).
– They’ve clinched the East Division but that doesn’t mean the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are taking their foot off the gas in their last three games of the season (Steve Milton, The Hamilton Spectator).
– On Monday the Tiger-Cats released American defensive end Yurik Bethune, National linebacker Lukas Korol, American defensive tackle Johnny Robinson and American defensive back Channing Stribling (Ticats.ca).
– After hitting a major career milestone in Week 18, receiver S.J. Green was named the CFL’s Shaw Top Performer of the week (CFL.ca).
– Ottawa REDBLACKS quarterback Will Arndt will get his second straight start in Week 19 against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, head coach Rick Campbell told TSN1200 (CFL.ca).
– Dominique Rhymes surpassed 1,000 yards on the season for the first time in his career but it’s been tough for him to enjoy his success when his team is losing (TSN1200).
– Returner Mario Alford has two return touchdowns in the last two weeks and he’s confident he can turn every kick into a major score (Herb Zurkowsky, Montreal Gazette).