Arbitrators looking for work?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

The CFL is on the search for an arbitrator to hear A.J. Gass's case.

The Edmonton Eskimo middle linebacker is going to go through an independent arbitration process - likely in the next 20 days - to fight a one-game suspension for throwing a Calgary Stampeder helmet.

"We are in the process of picking an arbitrator," said Michael Copeland, the CFL's chief operating officer.

"It is the league's responsibility to select from a defined list of arbitrators that is pre-approved by the CFL players' association in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement.

"There are rules around what qualifies a particular arbitrator for a particular case. It is largely to do with where they exist within the country.

"So we pick it based on geography, so it is ease of travel."

At this point, no date for the hearing has been set. It will be a one-day hearing, though, with just one arbitrator.

Copeland is declining to talk about specifics of Gass's case.

NEW TWIST: The Edmonton Eskimos have switched plans midweek with their offensive line.

After indicating earlier this week that an import would play if he's on the roster, Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia has taken first-team reps away from import Damion Cook and handed them to non-import Rhett McLane.

Edmonton is now leaning toward starting McLane on Saturday in Regina in place of injured Kevin Lefsrud.

McLane has been a backup all year.

FINISH LINES: OL Dan Comiskey hasn't ruled out playing this week. But he didn't practise yesterday, resting his left calf muscle. If he suddenly recovers, then McLane doesn't start... DB Omarr Morgan (hamstring) didn't practise yesterday, but is hoping to do so today... On the good news front for injuries, DB Stanford Samuels, DL Chuck Alston and S J.R. LaRose practised yesterday. On the bad news front, WR Pat Woodcock didn't, which makes him doubtful for this week's game.


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