CFL suspends Vernon Adams Jr. one game due to ‘dangerous and reckless act’

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The CFL has suspended Montreal Alouettes quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. for one game, effective immediately.

The discipline was issued by CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie following a telephone hearing with Adams and representatives of the Canadian Football League Players’ Association. The suspension is in response to play No. 123 in the fourth quarter of the game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Montreal Alouettes on September 21 in Week 15.

The play saw Bombers’ linebacker Adam Bighill block Adams on an interception return. Adams responded by pulling Bighill to the ground by his facemask, resulting in his opponent’s helmet being forcefully removed. Adams then proceeded to swing the helmet towards Bighill’s head.

In addition to being a non-football play, the league deemed the act to be reckless and dangerous. Adams is slated to miss the next Als game against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver on Saturday, September 28 in Week 16.

That discipline is in line with past helmet-swinging incidents.