Calgary Stampeders cancel practice due to poor air quality

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The Calgary Stampeders have cancelled their outdoor practice on Monday due to poor air quality from wildfires to the west.

According to the government of Canada’s weather webpage, the city’s air quality index is an eight out of ten, which means anyone performing strenuous activities outside are at “high risk” of suffering adverse health effects.

The forecast is much clearer for Tuesday as the index is projected to be a two out of ten.

Monday would have been Calgary’s first opportunity to practice since they were upset at home by the B.C. Lions in Week 2 by a score of 15-9.

The Stampeders host the Montreal Alouettes (1-0) on Friday evening at McMahon Stadium as they continue to search for their first win of the season. It’s possible that the team will be without two-time CFL Most Outstanding Player Bo Levi Mitchell as he is reportedly dealing with a leg injury.

Mitchell’s absence would provide Canadian quarterback Michael O’Connor with the opportunity to start his first career CFL game.