CFL ending full-contact padded practices during the season, effective immediately

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The Canadian Football League and Canadian Football League Players’ Association have agreed to no longer allow full-contact padded practices during the season, according to Dave Naylor of TSN. The ban, which is effective immediately, could have ripple effects beyond the CFL.

CFL rules previously allowed for full-contact practices during training camp, plus an additional 17 days during the season. The new rule only prohibits full-contact padded practices in-season, with hitting still permitted in training camp.

The safety rule, which the CFL is expected to announce later Tuesday, came from several meetings between the CFLPA and new CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie over the summer.

Per Naylor, the CFL also will announce an expansion of its regular season from 20 to 21 weeks, reducing the number of quick turnarounds between games. Teams now will have three byes instead of two, leaving the number of games each team plays at 18.

24 responses to “CFL ending full-contact padded practices during the season, effective immediately

  1. CFL more concerned with player safety than the NFL.

    Extra bye week is smart and NFL should not have any Thursday games unless it was preceded by a bye-week — short weeks result in terrible games and an inability to heal.

  2. Even as a proudly born and raised Canadian, i agree with joetoronto

    CFL is bush league

    And it has nothing to do with this rule change, it’s just a gimmicky bush league of watered down less authentic football. Some great athletes, some talented players, some smart coaches. Yeah. But any football league that has rules in which a team can win a tie game with a last second punt into the endzone is just a joke.

    I love my country, but our football is lame.

  3. More bye weeks will help. Less hitting in practice will hurt. Like anything, learning how to be hit will be improved with practice.

    Two bye weeks (more money for the NFL) and all Thursday games have a bye week before them would help a lot.

    Having *more* hitting practices will also help.

  4. CFL would get more respect when they didn’t have half the teams named Roughriders.
    Seriously, a lot of Americans get a chance to play where they wouldn’t otherwise. Plus Canadians can’t drink outside legally otherwise.

  5. billjones383 says:
    September 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm
    Well, it is in soft Canada.


    Say that to the face of a Canadian NHL player and see how it goes.

  6. So, the ball in the CFL will be even worse now. Though, given how the CFL is almost a pure passing league now, this may have less of an impact on play than it would in the NFL.

  7. Slippery slope. So this says in practice it is an unacceptable risk, but under the lights as gladiator entertainment for the masses, and for the ever powerful buck for the players and even more so for owners, tv networks and liquor and big pharma companies, it’s a completely acceptable risk.

  8. The premise behind this change is flawed, as lessened contact in camp and practices has done nothing for player safety; the reality is more, not less, contact in practice makes the players stronger and thus more resistant to injury.

  9. @ Liberalsruineverything says:
    September 13, 2017 at 5:56 pm
    Just like the Canadian military, at least they have pretty uniforms.

    Dunno about that, the Canadian military’s snipers are pretty hardcore.

  10. Whoa, don’t insult the Canadian Military please. They are a MAJOR ally, and by all accounts very professional and technically precise. Football is one thing, but they have backed our play right or wrong in everything we do militarily as well as diplomatically. Keep it to football please… On that note, CFL rules are awful but the way things have unfolded in the NFL over the last decade we are headed there as well.

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