Stampeders’ LB Micah Awe fined for high hit on QB for third time in 2023

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Calgary Stampeders’ linebacker Micah Awe has found himself on the receiving end of supplemental discipline from the CFL for the third time this season.

The 29-year-old, who has a well-earned reputation as one of the league’s hardest hitters which dates back to his rookie year in 2017, was fined for a high hit on Edmonton Elks’ quarterback Tre Ford in his team’s Week 14 loss.

Awe has already received punishment for two similar high hits in 2023, incurring fines for blows against Ottawa’s Dustin Crum in Week 7 and Saskatchewan’s Mason Fine in Week 6. This is his fourth infraction in less than a calendar year, as the defender was also reprimanded for a high hit which injured Ottawa receiver Jaelon Acklin in Week 18 of last season.

The six-year veteran is currently leading the league in both tackles and defensive plays through 14 weeks, having amassed 91 defensive tackles, five special teams tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and two interceptions.

Also receiving fines for incidents last week was Montreal Alouettes’ receiver Austin Mack, who was ejected from his game for striking Toronto Argonauts’ defensive back Qwan’tez Stiggers. Calgary receiver Reggie Begelton and Edmonton defensive back Ed Gainey were fined for a similar altercation in their game, though neither was ejected.

Additionally, Elks’ defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy and linebacker Nyles Morgan were both punished for high hits against Stampeders’ players.

As per league policy, the amounts of the fines were not disclosed. The maximum possible fine under the league’s collective bargaining agreement is equal to one-half of a player’s game cheque.