Play #26: The ruling was that the ball carrier’s forward progress was stopped before a fumble occurred. If there is information the coach doesn’t have that may impact his decision to challenge, he may pick up his challenge after speaking with the referee. #CFL #GreyCup
TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced three fines on Thursday after the Division Semi-Finals.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive lineman Jackson Jeffcoat was handed a maximum fine following his high hit on Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Brandon Bridge.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers offensive linemen Patrick Neufeld and Sukh Chungh were fined for late and unnecessary hits on Saskatchewan Roughrider players on Sunday.
As per league policy, the amount of the player fines was not disclosed.
TORONTO — CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie released the following statement on Sunday regarding the hit on Brandon Bridge during the Western Semi-Final:
“The high hit on Brandon Bridge late in the Western Semi-Final (play 137) was clearly a missed call. Watching this occur, and seeing via the ‘ref cam’ that the on-field referee’s view was blocked, my reaction is we need to look this off-season at allowing the Command Centre to make the call on plays such as this one, clear matters of player health and safety,” said Commissioner Randy Ambrosie. “We need to do more than admit an error. We need to search for a solution.”
I want to acknowledge that our response to the Odell Willis hit on Zach Collaros this past weekend was clearly inadequate.
First of all, the play should have been flagged and a roughing the passer penalty should have been imposed by the on-field officiating crew without Saskatchewan having to use its’ challenge.
Secondly, the Injury Spotter, who has access to several camera angles in the Command Centre, including the view from the “all 24 (players)” camera, should have immediately stopped the game and had Collaros removed from the field for examination upon the first signs of distress.
Finally, we should have publicly acknowledged these errors and communicated with the media and fans promptly instead of waiting until last evening to share a statement.
I am committed to removing reckless and dangerous play from our game. (Willis’ hit on Collaros is being reviewed today for discipline.) The fact that we did not respond adequately is not acceptable to me. I have made that very clear to our personnel today. We are reviewing our processes, protocols and rules to ensure this chain of events is not repeated.