After teasing the decision earlier this afternoon, the CFL has filled in the blanks and announced a one game suspension for Ottawa linebacker Kyries Hebert for his hit on Calgary Stampeders receiver DaVaris Daniels on Thursday.
The play happened in the late stages of the third quarter and the game tied at seven when Daniels went over the middle to catch a pass from Bo Levi Mitchell and was levelled by Hebert who led with the crown of his helmet, his elbow extended in an effort to make contact with Daniels’ head.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) June 29, 2018
This is hardly Hebert’s first offence. He was fined the maximum allowable (which amounts to half his game cheque) last August after a very similar hit on then-Argos quarterback Cody Fajardo. He was ejected and received the maximum fine for a headshot on Calgary’s Jon Cornish that left the Calgary running back with a concussion in 2014. He has a well-earned reputation as the dirtiest player in the CFL.
According to the release, Hebert and a CFLPA representative had a hearing with commissioner Randy Ambrosie via phone on Friday.
“As a league and a leader in football, we need to eliminate these type of hits from the game,” Ambrosie said in a release. “A play like this puts unnecessary risk to a player’s safety and has no place in the game.”