Rule change allows injured player to return early

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

In finalizing their roster yesterday, Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel put defensive back Julian Battle and defensive lineman Pat MacDonald on the nine-game injured list.

That type of move would usually mean both are lost for the first half of the season, but the CFL brought a new rule in this year that allows one player per half to be brought off the nine-game injured list early.

If Battle recovers from a heel injury that has hampered him all training camp, he could return at any time and his salary will then count against the salary cap. Players on nine-game injured don't have their salaries count against the cap.

"We'll have to see how it develops," Hufnagel said.

"There's no time limit on it, so that's why we put them on nine-game."

The Week 1 injured list consists of OL Derek Armstrong, LB Matt Grootegoed, OL Jesse Newman, QB Ben Sankey, RB Demetris Summers and LB Neil Ternovatsky.


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