The helmet-to-helmet hit that knocked Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris from last week’s game against the B.C. Lions has drawn a fine from the CFL.
B.C. Lions linebacker Dyshawn Davis was fined for leading with the crown of his helmet while taking down Harris in the late stages of B.C.’s 36-27win over Winnipeg last Saturday. Harris left the field with assistance and did not return to the game, though indications are he’ll play in Saturday’s crucial matchup against Calgary. The Bombers need a win over the Stampeders (or an Edmonton loss to Saskatchewan on Saturday) to secure second in the West Division and a home playoff date.
Neither Harris or Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea took issue with the hit. O’Shea called it a “football play” and Harris was equally magnanimous.
“It’s a hit, man,” Harris told the Winnipeg Sun. “It’s football – you get hit sometimes. I was able to get up and felt great today, so it’s good. No issue at all.”
The CFL also fined Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive back Mariel Cooper for a late hit out of bounds on Ottawa Redblacks receiver Jake Harty while Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman Randy Richards was fined for an unnecessary hit on a vulnerable player (Euclid Cummings) in the game against Edmonton. Bombers linebacker Kyle Knox was fined for leading with the crown of his helmet on a hit to B.C. Lions running back Tyler Davis.
As per league policy, the amount of the player fines was not disclosed.