Saskatchewan Roughriders’ DE A.C. Leonard suspended for two games after violating drug policy

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The Canadian Football League announced its weekly discipline on Friday, including a suspension to a key member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Riders’ defensive lineman A.C. Leonard failed to provide a sample for drug testing as outlined in the joint CFL and CFLPA drug policy, which results in an automatic two-game suspension. The suspension will be effective immediately, making him ineligible for the Banjo Bowl.

The 29-year-old Leonard played in the first four games of the 2021 season for Saskatchewan. He’s made eight tackles, three sacks and one interception so far. He’ll miss Saturday’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, a key West Division match-up, and won’t play in Week 7 versus the Toronto Argonauts.

Leonard is in his sixth CFL season and his fourth with the green and white. He re-joined Saskatchewan for the 2019 season after spending 2018 with the Ottawa Redblacks. Last season, he played in in 17 games collecting 44 defensive tackles, 10 tackles for loss, nine quarterback sacks and three forced fumbles. 

Leonard entered the CFL in 2015 with the B.C. Lions as a receiver after spending the 2014 season with the Minnesota Vikings. He signed with the Riders in 2016 as a free agent where he remained until he signed with the Redblacks. In 77 career games, Leonard has made 168 defensive tackles, 28 sacks and four forced fumbles. He was named an East Division all-star in 2018.

The Florida native played two seasons at Tennessee State University as a receiver, registering 1,174 yards and 11 touchdowns on 85 receptions. Leonard was the top performer at his position group during the 2014 NFL combine in the 40-yard dash (4.50), vertical (34 inches) and broad jump (10-feet, six inches).

The six-foot-two, 250-pound Leonard is a pending free agent following the 2021 season.