Canadian OL Philip Blake, Dariusz Bladek cleared for Labour Day Classic following stint in COVID protocol

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The Toronto Argonauts will have two of their starting Canadian offensive linemen back for the Labour Day Classic following a stint in COVID protocol.

Dariusz Bladek and Philip Blake did not practice this week but will suit up against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for the annual Labour Day Classic on Monday. Both players were in COVID protocol, meaning they either tested positive for the virus or were deemed close contacts of someone who did.

The pair are key players along the offensive line with Bladek starting at right guard and Blake starting at centre. Both players were added through free agency from Saskatchewan in February 2020.

Hamilton are getting star defensive tackle Dylan Wynn back in the lineup following a stint of the one-game injured list. The Argos could have had issues containing him had Bladek and Blake been ruled ineligible to play.

Receiver Ricky Collins Jr. also spent the practice week in COVID protocol but will not play on Monday after being added to the one-game injured list.