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November 9, 2019

Status Report: Who’s in and who’s out for Sunday’s semis?

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TORONTO — Who’s on the injured list? What final adjustments are being made before the biggest game of the season? CFL.ca delivers all the last-minute roster moves ahead of Sunday’s Division Semi-Finals.

Here is how the rest of each team’s roster breaks down:


EASTERN SEMI-FINAL

Montreal Alouettes
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  • The Alouettes have placed receivers DeVier Posey and Chris Matthews on the one-game injured list. Rookie Dante Absher will make his CFL debut after starting in Week 21.
  • After missing two games, cornerback Tommie Campbell returns to the starting lineup for the Alouettes this week. Jarnor Jones remains on the roster but will be a backup.
  • The Als will roll with two running backs on Sunday, as expected, with William Stanback getting the start over veteran Jeremiah Johnson.
  • Offensive tackle Tony Washington remains on the Alouettes’ six-game injured list. Landon Rice gets the start at right tackle while Chris Schleuger is assigned to play left tackle.
  • Mario Alford returns from the injured list to handle kick return duties. Shakeir Ryan has been moved to the one-game injured list.

Edmonton Eskimos
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  • The Eskimos are missing a pair of starting defensive backs this week, as neither Monshadrik Hunter nor Forrest Hightower are available for Sunday’s game.
  • National corner Godfrey Onyeka will get the start for the Eskimos over Arjen Colquhoun, who was activated from the six-game injured list this week.
  • With the Eskimos’ injuries at defensive back, Brian Walker has been added to the roster and will start at halfback. Walker had 25 tackles and an interception in 14 games in 2019.
  • After practising all week, C.J. Gable will make his first start at running back since being injured on Oct. 4. Shaq Cooper is also expected to dress as his backup.
  • Recently-added Jamill Smith will handle primary return duties this week. The Eskimos are without Christion Jones for the rest of the season, while Travon Van, who was also signed this week, remains on the practice roster.
  • Canadian defensive tackle Stefan Charles could see his first CFL playing time this week, listed third on the depth chart at defensive tackle behind Mike Moore and Mark Mackie.

WESTERN SEMI-FINAL

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
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  • As expected, Zach Collaros will be Winnipeg’s starting quarterback for the Western Semi-Final. Collaros earned a victory in his Bombers debut in Week 20 and has won three straight contests against the Stampeders.
  • Bombers quarterback Chris Streveler is listed as the third-string quarterback for Sunday’s game. Limited in practice this week due to an apparent foot injury, there’s a chance he won’t dress vs. Calgary.
  • Usual starting centre Michael Couture has been added to the one-game injured list. Cody Speller will start in his place on the Bombers’ offensive line.
  • Lucky Whitehead remains in a backup role at receiver, with Rasheed Bailey getting the nod at receiver. Bailey has been targeted at least six times in each of his four starts this season.

Calgary Stampeders
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  • After much speculation at practice this week, slotback Kamar Jorden makes his much anticipated return to the lineup and will start for the Stampeders in the Western Semi-Final.
  • Receiver Eric Rogers will not dress on Sunday after missing practice this week. The veteran receiver is out a second straight game.
  • On defence, the Stamps get a few key pieces back in the lineup, as safety Royce Metchie, cornerback Tre Roberson and middle linebacker Cory Greenwood are slated to start.
  • Offensive lineman Derek Dennis also slots in along with QB Montell Cozart, who is listed as the team’s third-stringer behind Bo Levi Mitchell and Nick Arbuckle.