Maciocia: Alouettes have ‘fingers crossed’ suspended receiver Quan Bray will be in training camp

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The Montreal Alouettes suspended star receiver Quan Bray on Tuesday, indicating that he has not yet reported to start his quarantine ahead of training camp.

General manager Danny Maciocia spoke to the media on Tuesday and clarified that Bray has not retired or broken a team rule, but has been suspended due to his inability to cross the border.

“We’ve been in contact with him over the last few weeks and I would say it’s just an immigration issue right now. We did speak again yesterday — he’s working on it from his end. There’s some documentation that still needs to be filled out and submitted and that will be addressed here in the next couple of days,” said Maciocia.

Maciocia confirmed that the issue with Bray’s paperwork is related to his off-season arrest in El Paso, Texas.

“We’re hoping he shows up at camp. He could be a late arrival, the question mark is still out there whether he’ll be here next week or not but we’re keeping our fingers crossed that’ll be the case,” said Maciocia. “It’s just a matter of going through the paperwork, filing the documentation, and letting the authorities render a decision.”

Bray was arrested in February 2020 after being caught with 157 pounds of marijuana with college teammate Greg Robinson. One of the charges against him was dropped, while he pleaded guilty to the other and was required to pay a fine.

The five-foot-ten, 185-pound target had an impressive rookie season with the Alouettes in 2019. He caught 58 passes for 818 yards and six touchdowns in sixteen games as part of an improved Montreal offence.

Bray spent four years in the NFL as a member of the Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills, and Houston Texans.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.