TORONTO -- The Canadian Football League announced that it has imposed its maximum fine on Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Jamaal Westerman following a low hit to the knees of Ottawa REDBLACKS quarterback Henry Burris while he was in the act of passing. Westerman was penalized on the play.


“Health and safety is of paramount consideration when it comes to the players in our league and we need to ensure we take the necessary steps to protect them,” said Jeffrey L. Orridge, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.


A hearing took place earlier this week that included Westerman, representation from the Canadian Football League Players Association (CFLPA), and representation from the CFL, including Commissioner Orridge.

Following the hearing and after reviewing the play on video from every available angle, the Commissioner has decided to impose the highest fine allowed under the CFL’s collective bargaining agreement with the CFLPA.

The CFL also announced today the following player discipline from Week 18 games:

Toronto Argonaut James Yurichuk was fined for unnecessary roughness in Friday’s game versus the Montreal Alouettes.

As per league policy, the amount of the player fines was not disclosed.



Olivier Poulin

Manager, Communications, Canadian Football League

Paulo Senra

Director, Communications, Canadian Football League

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