Times Colonist

Bombers lose Sears for key game

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be without defensive back Johnny Sears on Saturday when they attempt to clinch the Canadian Football League East Division title against the Calgary Stampeders.

The CFL suspended Sears for one game on Tuesday for his hit on Toronto Argonauts quarterbac­k Steven Jyles on Friday night.

Jyles was scrambling on the play and slid feet first as Sears tried to make the tackle. Sears led with his helmet and drove his head into Jyles’ head, injuring the Toronto quarterbac­k.

After the game, Sears said he was aiming for Jyles’ hip, but hit him in the head when Jyles made a late decision to slide.

“While I appreciate the sincerity of the player in his conversati­on with me today, this was a reckless and dangerous hit that must be met with appropriat­e discipline,” CFL commission­er Mark Cohon said. “In our league, with just an 18game schedule, this is a significan­t and effective penalty.”

At the time, Sears was penalized for rough play and ejected from the game. He’ll be fined the equivalent of one game cheque. His salary is not public.

“I accept the commission­er’s decision to suspend me and know I am accountabl­e for the consequenc­es of my actions on the field,” Sears said.

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