Professional tackle football is a contact sport you can’t play “half way.”
High-impact collisions — and yes injuries — have been, are, and always will be part of the game.
And like any other contact sport, if you play not to get hurt, that’s when you get hurt. That’s why it seems strange to many, (including me) to eliminate all padded practices by CFL teams going forward.
Having said that, who better to speak to this than league commissioner Randy Ambrosie, who is a former player? Players, past and present, who are involved with the CFLPA also had input.
Player safety is most important, but so is the integrity of the game. There is no doubt that both of those factors were considered before Wednesday’s announcement, which seems radical to some.
I don’t believe the game day product will change. Practices will look a little different, but the contests won’t, which is what matters most.