Crunch time as CFL teams jostle for position

The Bombers and Eskimos hope to end their seasons on a winning note after poor starts. (Brian...

The Bombers and Eskimos hope to end their seasons on a winning note after poor starts. (Brian Donogh/QMI Agency/Files)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 AM ET

It's September and the fun is just getting started, folks.

Tension is starting to build across the CFL as teams realize there soon won't be enough time to end up where they want to by the conclusion of the regular season.

Let's start in Edmonton, where on Tuesday Eskimos general manager Ed Hervey did an about-face when it came to offensive lineman Simeon Rottier. A week after saying he wouldn't mind if Rottier didn't play another down this year, the Eskimos sent out a press release saying the Alberta native would be back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Bombers.

This is the kind of CFL wackiness you just can't make up. Turns out the league's collective bargaining agreement prohibits teams from singling out players for criticism, which has to be one of the strangest CBA provisions in history. These are professional athletes, are they not? A GM should be able to rip one of his players, although it's usually dangerous to do so.


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