Riders’ safety Jayden Dalke fined for tourist hit

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The Canadian Football League has disciplined two players for tourist hits in Week 18, including Saskatchewan Roughriders’ defensive back Jayden Dalke.

Dalke was fined for a hit on Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ receiver Kiondre Smith, who was deemed to be an unsuspecting player. The 27-year-old Canadian led his team with seven tackles and a fumble recovery in the loss.

Originally selected in the sixth round of the 2022 CFL Draft out of the University of Alberta, Dalke has established himself as an impact starter in his second season. In 12 appearances this year, he has 34 defensive tackles, three special teams tackles, two forced fumbles, and one interception.

Also fined in Week 18 was Ottawa Redblacks’ offensive tackle Dino Boyd, who delivered a tourist hit on Montreal Alouettes’ linebacker Darnell Sankey.

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.