Apparently played in violation of league rule

B.C. 2

October 28, 1994|By Ken Murray | Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer

The Canadian Football League permitted two B.C. Lions to play in Saturday's game in Baltimore, even though it was an apparent violation of a league rule on player movement.

Safety Sean Foudy, who blocked a punt that set up a B.C. touchdown, and cornerback Tony Collier are the players in question.

The Lions attempted to place them on the waived-injured list before an Oct. 15 game at Saskatchewan, but filed too late. Both players went on the reserve list for the Saskatchewan game, then automatically to waived-injured. By league rules, a player on the waived-injured list must miss a game. That would have been the Baltimore game.

But CFL commissioner Larry Smith ultimately allowed Foudy and Collier to play in Baltimore's 48-31 victory because they already had missed one game.

"The intent of the rule is that you miss one game, not two," Smith said this week. "And they missed one."

In similar circumstances two years ago, Winnipeg Blue Bombers coach Cal Murphy said he was not allowed to use a player. The team was going to put slotback Gerald Alphin on the waived-injured list, then found out he was not hurt.

Baltimore coach Don Matthews protested to the league, to no avail.

Pringle in the running

Running back Mike Pringle, linebacker Matt Goodwin and tackle Shar Pourdanesh are Baltimore nominees for Most Outstanding Player awards in the CFL Eastern Division.

Pringle was voted by Baltimore media as the team's Most Outstanding Player candidate. He leads the league in rushing with 1,692 yards, yards from scrimmage with 2,107 and all-purpose yards with 2,849.

Goodwin is nominated for two awards -- Outstanding Defensive Player and Rookie of the Year. He has blocked four kicks on special teams and made three interceptions at linebacker. He's also scored three touchdowns.

Pourdanesh, runner-up in the rookie balloting, has given up just two sacks in 16 games at left tackle.

Miscellaneous

Winnipeg long snapper Kevin Robson was hit in the eye with the lead weight attached to an official's penalty flag last week and will miss tomorrow's game. . . . Baltimore spokesman Mike Gathagan said the team has sold 35,700 tickets for the game.

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