Full-con­tact to be taken out of train­ing

Metro Canada (Edmonton) - - Sports -

CFL play­ers can look for­ward to the elim­i­na­tion of padded prac­tices dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son and the ad­di­tion of more time for rest and re­cov­ery.

The CFL and CFL Play­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced Wed­nes­day that ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, full-con­tact padded prac­tices will be dis­con­tin­ued dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. And next year, teams will get an ex­tra bye week to help re­duce the risk of player in­jury.

The tim­ing of the an­nounce­ment was sur­pris­ing given the CFL is in the sec­ond half of the sea­son. But new com­mis­sioner Randy Am­brosie said the two devel­op­ments sim­ply went hand in hand.

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