Ticats’ DL Ja’Gared Davis broke COVID protocols, ineligible to play against Montreal

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Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive lineman Ja’Gared Davis broke COVID protocols and has been ruled ineligible to play against the Montreal Alouettes in Week 4.

Davis was listed on the injury report as missing practice all week with a non-injury related designation. Head coach Orlondo Steinauer stated Davis went outside the guidelines laid out by the league and public health.

“Ja’Gared won’t play this week. Basically the truth is when it comes to Ja’Gared, he violated a league protocol and it wasn’t an intentional thing. These are the results of that,” Steinauer said.

“Knowingly or not he violated a CFL health and safety protocol. For that reason he won’t be ready to play the game.”

In mid-August the CFL sent a comprehensive memo to all teams outlining updates for tier one personnel — it included specific bye week rules. After starting the season 0-2, Hamilton did not play in Week 3.

The document came from the league office and outlines modifications to the health and safety plan protocols for tier one personnel — players, coaches and staff members — who are fully vaccinated. It does not apply to tier two personnel.

Through two games in 2021, Davis has three tackles and one sack. The 30-year-old started 17 games for the Ticats in 2019, finishing second in the CFL with a career-high 13 quarterback sacks while earning East Division all-star honours for the first time. 

The six-foot-one, 238-pound native of Crockett, Texas added 54 defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, five pass knock downs, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and three tackles for loss last season.

Over his four-year CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders (2016-2018) and Tiger-Cats (2019), the Southern Methodist University product has suited up in 64 games. He’s made 180 tackles, 37 sacks, four special teams tackles, three interceptions, scored two defensive touchdowns and forced 10 fumbles.