Riders suspend ten players to set training camp roster, including starting DB L.J. McCray

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have suspended ten players to finalize their roster heading into training camp on July 10.

The two nationals who were suspended are offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte and defensive back Elie Bouka. LaBatte has already announced that he does not plan to play this season due to COVID-19 restrictions, while Bouka will reportedly not join the team until the first week of August.

Saskatchewan also suspended eight American players, including quarterback Luke Falk, running back Jeremy Langford, receiver Sam Coates, receiver Tevin Jones, offensive lineman Takoby Cofield, defensive lineman Demetrius Harris, defensive back Tony Lippett, and defensive back L.J. McCray.

Cofield has decided to retired, which explains why he’s been suspended. McCray is a relatively big name considering he started 13 games at cornerback in 2019, including the West Final against Winnipeg. Coates is also a recognizable name given his NCAA and NFL pedigree.

The Riders also formally announced the signing of undrafted Canadian offensive lineman Carter Comeau, which Justin Dunk reported late last month.

Four players have been released to finalize the roster going into training camp as well, including running back Xavier Turner, receiver DeMarcus Ayers, defensive lineman Chris Livings, and defensive back Zach Sanchez. None of these players have ever appeared in a CFL game.