CFL to immediately end full-contact practices

CFL to immediately end full-contact practices”

As reported by TSN's Dave Naylor, the CFL and CFL Players' Association will announce the change on Wednesday.

The Canadian Football League and Canadian Football League Player's Association are making an attempt to create more player safety around the league that could perhaps be a launching pad for other organizations within the sport.

Teams had previously been allowed to hold padded practices during training camp in addition to 17 days during the season, although those workouts will be eradicated.

The Canadian Football League took a step toward improving player health and safety Wednesday by ridding the league of full-contact padded practices, effective immediately. While contact practices will still be permitted at training camp, full-contact practices during the regular season will immediately become a thing of the past.

As a result, each CFL team will have three bye weeks instead of two.

The move is being made with player safety in mind, with the aim of significantly reducing the number of collisions players absorb over the course of a season.

The CFL is the first football league to have such a rule, and it's one that was emphasized by new commissioner, Randy Ambrosie.

The natural question is, would the National Football League ever make such a move? The NFL now limits its teams to 14 contact practices during the regular season, 11 of which come in the first 11 weeks of the season.

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