Riders pending free agent, Canadian kicker Brett Lauther tests positive for COVID-19

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Canadian kicker Brett Lauther has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Lauther revealed the unfortunate news on Twitter:

While 2020 hasn’t been the year I’d envisioned (Halifax CFL game & Saskatchewan Grey Cup) it got a little worse on Christmas Day. While I was hesitant and slightly embarrassed to put this out here, I felt like transparency would be the best decision. After testing negative for COVID-19 on December 16, I’ve tested positive on a test from December 22. 

With that said, I do feel fine right now and hope everyone keeps up the good work fighting this virus. I know I’ve stayed home so much over the past few months, and even following all of the provincial/federal guidelines still contracted the virus. 

Hopefully anyone reading this who doesn’t think the virus is real or is anti-mask takes the time to think about their opinion. I’ll be in quarantine for the next week, hoping for a better 2021. Peace & love!

The 30-year-old opted out of his contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in late August — it would have expired in February 2021 — in order to be ready if NFL teams come calling.

During two seasons with Saskatchewan, Lauther has made 86-of-101 field goals (85 percent) with a long of 57 yards. His best season in green and white came in 2018 when he hit on 54-of-60 field-goal attempts (90 per cent).

Lauther was named a West Division all-star while being named Saskatchewan’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player and Most Outstanding Canadian that year.

Lauther had been hoping for an NFL shot, but the virus has ended that goal for this season.