September 20, 2023

Checking Down: REDBLACKS’ Ward out for season

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — The Ottawa REDBLACKS won’t be able to rely on Lewis Ward for the remainder of the season after the team announced on Tuesday their kicker has suffered a torn pectoral muscle.

The injury to their veteran kicker led to the club announcing the signing of National kicker/punter Michael Domagala and National kicker Keiran Burnham earlier on Tuesday.

Meanwhile in Toronto the Argonauts have extended general manager Michael “Pinball” Clemons and special teams coordinator Mickey Donovan, just a few days after the team reached its first 11-1 start in franchise history.

The Edmonton Elks, Saskatchewan Roughriders and BC Lions also made roster moves in preparation for the final stretch of the season.

To get you up to date with all the news and notes from Week 16, here’s this week’s Checking Down:

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–  The BC Lions signed American linebacker John Petrishen to the practice roster, the team announced on Tuesday (

– BC has a chance to become the next team in the CFL to clinch a spot in the playoffs this weekend. With a win over the Edmonton Elks (or a Calgary Stampeders loss against the Montreal Alouettes) the Lions will punch their ticket to the post-season (

– Lions defensive back Jalon Edwards-Cooper is enjoying solid bounce-back season after battling through a foot injury that forced him to miss time last year and undergo two operations (


Carey could be a bargain option on your fantasy lineup this week (Patrick Doyle/

–  The Calgary Stampeders have added American defensive lineman George Obinna and National defensive back Malcolm Thompson to their practice roster, the team announced on Saturday (

– Ka’Deem Carey has rushed for 184 yards in the two games since his return from injury and features in this week’s edition of Fantasy Sleepers brought to you by’s Brandon C. Williams (



– The Elks have their highest position in the Power Rankings in four years, thanks in large part to the play of Tre Ford, who has led the team to wins in four of its last five games (

– Edmonton announced on Monday the signings of six American players, including defensive lineman Emeke Egbule, wide receivers Malik Flowers and Randy Satterfield, defensive backs Ja’Von Hicks and Josh Nurse, alongside offensive lineman BJ Wilson (



– The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed Global defensive lineman Habakkuk Baldonado and American defensive back William Poole III, the team announced on Monday (

– Roughriders’ receiver Shawn Bane Jr. fielded questions from a member of the media and a number of teammates ( 



– Ed Tait recaps the loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as the Blue Bombers enter their bye week having dropped two out of the last three games (

– The Bombers lead over the Lions in the West Division is down to half a game as they enter their bye looking to stay consistent for the final stretch of the season (Ted Wyman, The Winnipeg Sun)



– Jamie Nye picked Taylor Powell and the Ticats to beat Chad Kelly and the Argos in Week 16 in the latest edition of the Weekly Predictor (

CFL’ca’s Pat Steinberg writes about the Hamilton Tiger-Cats closing the gap with wins in three of their last four and with Montreal sustaining a fourth consecutive loss over the weekend, as both teams sit 6-7 and are tied for second in the East Division (



– The Toronto Argonauts have extended the contract of general manager Michael “Pinball” Clemons, the team announced on Wednesday (

– The Toronto Argonauts Football Club announced on Tuesday that the team has extended the contract of special teams coordinator Mickey Donovan (



– Ottawa REDBLACKS head coach Bob Dyce announced on Tuesday that kicker Lewis Ward will miss the remainder of the 2023 season with a torn pectoral muscle (

Dustin Crum and Lorenzo Mauldin IV have made the grade for Week 15 in the Canadian Football League (CFL) Honour Roll powered by Pro Football Focus (

– REDBLACKS’ head coach Bob Dyce has no regrets about his team’s loss to the BC Lions on Saturday (


Mack has 1,016 receiving yards and four touchdowns over 13 games with the Als (Minas Panagiotakis/

– Austin Mack became the first player in the CFL to reach 1,000 receiving yards this season. Check out who are Mack’s top three football receivers of all time (Joey Alfieri,

– Is Tyson Philpot ready to break out for the Alouettes after catching nine passes for 105 yards and his first touchdown of the season against the Argos? (Herb Zurkowsky, Montreal Gazette).

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