TORONTO — The grind of training camp is winding down, but the news cycle is just getting going.
CFL.ca will take you through roster finalization on Friday, but for now get caught up on where teams stand as they end their training camps and get ready for Week 1 of the 2021 season.
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– Hampered by poor air quality from forest fires, the Lions wrapped up their camp in Kamloops on Wednesday. They’ll head back to Surrey and get ready for their Week 1 date in Saskatchewan with the Roughriders (CFL.ca).
– A good end-of-camp Q&A with Lions’ co-GM Neil McEvoy, who goes into getting some d-line answers, the emergence of Jordan Williams at LB, Nathan Rourke playing behind Michael Reilly and more (BCLions.com).
– The Lions have had a busy week, roster-wise. On Monday, they released 18 players, including former Ottawa QB Will Arndt. On Tuesday, they released DE Chris Casher, who came as a heralded free agent signing.
– That move was facilitated by the performance of a couple of new faces in camp: Nyles Morgan and Keishawn Bierria, who could factor in heavily to DC Noel Thorpe’s plans at linebacker this year (Gerry Moddejonge, Postmedia).
– Speaking of Thorpe, the Elks have extended their defensive guru through next season (CFL.ca).
– The reason McCarty is out of retirement? Stamps’ FB Charlie Power is out with a torn Achilles. The team is still assessing the severity of the injury (Danny Austin, Postmedia).
– Receiver Jordan Williams-Lambert isn’t having much luck with injuries, either. After returning from a hand injury, he tweaked something stretching this week (Murray McCormick, Regina Leader-Post).
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS
– While Calgary is optimistic about Bo Levi Mitchell for Week 1, there’s a little more concern in Winnipeg for star running back Andrew Harris, who went from being rested to dealing with an injury in training camp (Farhan Lalji, TSN.ca).
– If Harris is unavailable for Week 1, it looks like Canadian Brady Oliveira would slide in. He’s taken the bulk of the workload in camp, with last year’s backup Johnny Augustine just making his way back into practice this week (Ed Tait, BlueBombers.com).
– The Bombers will raise their 2019 Grey Cup banner on opening night against the Ticats on Aug. 5 (Ed Tait, Bluebombers.com).
– The Ticats wrapped up their training camp on Wednesday, with coach Orlondo Steinauer saying this would be the last time the training camp group would be together (Louie Butko, Ticats.ca).
– Steinauer said that he knows who his starting quarterback will be on Week 1, but will take Thursday and Friday to finalize plans with offensive coordinator Tommy Condell (Steve Milton, Hamilton Spectator).
– The Ticats released 11 players this week and signed kicker Jimmy Camacho, who crossed paths with Steinauer when they were at Fresno State (CFL.ca).
– Former Ticat Courtney Stephen has joined the team’s front office as their director of community partnerships (CFL.ca).
– Meanwhile, there’s thought that the Argos could have a QB battle that runs through this season (Davis Sanchez, friend of CFL.ca, TSN.ca).
The Argos released six players on Wednesday, including receiver Terrell Sinkfield and d-lineman Ronald Ollie. Ollie, who featured prominently in the Netflix series Last Chance U, later tweeted that his torn hip flexor was the reason for his release (CFL.ca).
After more than a week off, REDBLACKS QB Matt Nichols joined his team on the field on Wednesday. He told reporters that the break was due to fatigue and a sore arm in his first training camp in two years. Nichols said he’d be available for the REDBLACKS’ Week 1 date with the Edmonton Elks (Tim Baines, Postmedia).
– Aussie punter Joe Zema just might be good enough to convince Khari Jones to split kicking duties this season (Herb Zurkowsky, Postmedia).
– The Alouettes will be able to welcome 15,000 fans to Molson Stadium for their home opener on Aug. 27 and they’re pretty psyched about it (Montrealalouettes.com).
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