Bombers DB Sears suspended for one game

The CFL has suspended Winnipeg defensive back Johnny Sears for one game for his illegal hit on...

The CFL has suspended Winnipeg defensive back Johnny Sears for one game for his illegal hit on Toronto Argonauts quarterback Steven Jyles in the fourth quarter of their game last Friday, the league announced Tuesday. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

Jim Bender, QMI Agency

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The CFL has suspended Winnipeg defensive back Johnny Sears for one game for his illegal hit on Toronto Argonauts quarterback Steven Jyles in the fourth quarter of their game last Friday, the league announced Tuesday.

Sears’ helmet made primary contact with Jyles’ helmet after the quarterback had initiated his slide. The hit was flagged for rough play and Sears was disqualified from further participation in the game.

“While I appreciate the sincerity of the player in his conversation with me today, this was a reckless and dangerous hit that must be met with appropriate discipline,” CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said in a release. “In our league, with just an 18-game schedule, this is a significant and effective penalty.”

Although Sears has the right to appeal, it does not sound as if he will.

“I accept the commissioner's decision to suspend me and know I am accountable for the consequences of my actions on the field," Sears said in a Blue Bombers media release. "It was a split-second action and as much as I did not intentionally try to engage in helmet to helmet contact, I did, and for that I understand the decision made today. It will be extremely difficult to not be a part of Saturday’s game (against the Calgary Stampeders) but as I said, I will accept this decision and move forward."

Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice had suggested earlier Tuesday that this would be the wrong time of year to start introducing suspensions, but accepted the decision without complaint.

“As I have maintained since the hit on Friday, no player is allowed to lead with his helmet," LaPolice said in a release. "We understand and accept the decision, and will move forward this week without the services of Johnny Sears."

The CFL also announced Argos offensive linemen Taylor Robertson and Rob Murphy have been fined undisclosed amounts for comments made on Twitter that were deemed to be threatening to another member of the CFL.

B.C. Lions Khalif Mitchell and Keron Williams have also been fined undisclosed amounts for comments criticizing game officials.


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