It’s not called the Canadian Football League for nothing.
And Justin Brown has become an unfortunate casualty of the league’s ratio rules.
As an import defensive tackle, Brown found himself on the sidelines after four starts to make way for B.C.’s Adam Braidwood.
“It’s just all part of the numbers game,” said the 28-year-old Oklahoma native, who played college football at East Central Oklahoma.
“Whatever I can do to help the team is what I’ll do. I’ll fit in wherever it can be, and whatever changes they need to make on both sides of the ball, I’m open to that.
“I’m a team player so it’s not so bad.”
Especially considering he was benched because of his birth certificate and not because of a performance issue.
“I’d like to think that, at least, and that’s part of this league,” said Brown, a former Calgary Stampeder.
“That’s the choice we make when we come to this league and that’s part of it. It’s a good league and this is part of their rules. That’s just what we’ve got to take as players.”
The CFL requires teams to have at least seven Canadians — or non-imports — on the field at any given time.
“I’m going to take time to study more and get my body healthy and fix any little nicks and injuries that I had,” said Brown.
“I’m going to look at film and think about stuff I can help fix and change.”
Some sort of change had to be expected after the team got off to an 0-4 start, and Brown said he’s thankful the team looked inward before bringing in external replacements.
“I’m just happy to have a job, that’s all we can ask for in this business. There’s no guarantees,” Brown said.
“There’s no unemployment (insurance) or anything like that, so as long as they’re keeping you around, you’ve still got opportunities.”