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Noel Thomas    Ottawa Redblacks
Thomas will start at wide receiver Thursday against Saskatchewan, Tim Baines of Postmedia reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Despite being in his rookie season, Thomas has drawn the starting nod for the team's season opener Thursday, a sign of the coaching staff's trust in the recent UConn grad in the States. He'll look to exploit a Roughriders secondary that gave up 235 yards in their first game against Toronto.
Mossis Madu    Ottawa Redblacks    Out    Undisclosed
Madu (undisclosed) was placed on the one-game injured list, Tim Baines of Postmedia reports.

RotoWire Analysis

The inclusion of Madu on the list by Ottawa means the running back will be forced to miss Thursday's game against Saskatchewan and won't be eligible to play again until the following Thursday at Calgary. Ottawa has yet to open their season, but Madu took two carries for 13 yards in his only preseason game. Without their primary backup, expect starter William Powell to see a slight uptick in involvement.
Vidal Hazelton    Edmonton Eskimos    Doubtful    Undisclosed
Hazelton (undisclosed) was unable to practice Tuesday, Dave Campbell of 630 CHED reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Hazelton is dealing with an undisclosed injury, and he'll be listed as doubtful for Friday's matchup against the Tiger-Cats. He got the start for Edmonton's season opener against the Blue Bombers on Thursday.
Ricky Stanzi    Free Agent
Stanzi was released Tuesday by the Stampeders, Danny Austin of the Calgary Sun and Herald reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Stanzi wasn't at practice Tuesday, and it was later revealed that he'd been cut from the team. Larry Brihm will take over as Calgary's third-string quarterback with Stanzi hitting the open market.
Duron Carter    Saskatchewan Roughriders
Carter will start at cornerback Thursday against the Redblacks, Jamie Nye of News Talk 980 CJME reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Carter has been solid at wideout over the past few seasons, as he's racked up over 900 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons, although he's making the switch to defense after Nick Marshall (finger) suffered an injury and will likely miss the next six weeks after undergoing surgery. It's unclear as to how long Carter will exclusively play defense, but he won't take the field on offense for at least Saskatchewan's next matchup.
Antonio Pipkin    Free Agent
Pipkin was released by the Alouettes on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

Pipkin was listed as the third-string quarterback on the depth chart for the team's most recent tilt. But, it appears that Montreal management didn't feel he was worth the roster spot.
Seydou Junior Haidara    Free Agent
Haidara was waived by the Alouettes on Tuesday.

RotoWire Analysis

Haidara appeared in all 16 games for the team last season, but was a depth receiver, finishing the campaign with just five catches for 28 yards. His release from the team likely won't have a significant impact.
Alex Ross    Winnipeg Blue Bombers    Out    Undisclosed
Ross will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a lower-body injury, Darrin Bauming of TSN Radio 1290 reports.

RotoWire Analysis

As expected after getting hurt as a holder on a field goal attempt, Ross has been dealt with a lengthy recovery timetable. This is the second Bombers quarterback to be hit with the injury bug after starter Matt Nichols was placed on the six-game injured list with a knee injury. Rookie Bryan Bennett will likely serve as the primary backup for as long as both Ross and Nichols are out.
Mitchell Gale    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Gale was signed Monday to a contract with Winnipeg.

RotoWire Analysis

The veteran quarterback continues his tour of the CFL, signing with his sixth team in five seasons of professional football. Gale was released earlier this season by the BC Lions when they were making their roster cut. He will be placed on Winnipeg's practice roster but will have a chance to contribute considering both Matt Nichols (knee) and Alex Ross (undisclosed) are currently out with injury.
Bryan Burnham    BC Lions
Burnham caught six passes for 38 yards in Saturday's 22-10 win over Montreal.

RotoWire Analysis

He also recovered a Corey Watson fumble. Most of Burnham's work came close to the line of scrimmage, as he only managed two catches of longer than six yards, with a long of 12. Nevertheless, the 28-year-old is coming off of back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons and remains one of the Lions' primary weapons. The Tulsa product will have to wait for a bye before he attempts to prove it Week 3 at Edmonton.
Cory Watson    BC Lions
Watson caught two passes for 18 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 22-10 win over the Alouettes. He also lost eight yards on his lone rushing attempt.

RotoWire Analysis

Watson fumbled on the botched carry in the second quarter, but the Lions were able to recover it. The 34-year-old made up for it in a big way, however, as he sealed the game with his second catch of the day -- an 11-yard score to put the Lions by 12 with 6:33 left to play. Bryan Burnham and Emmanuel Arceneaux made half of BC's catches in the game, leaving Watson as one of five other receivers to make exactly two each. If this kind of split continues, it will be tough to count on Watson a big playmaker for the Lions this season.
Shaq Johnson    BC Lions
Johnson caught two passes for 46 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 22-10 win over the Alouettes.

RotoWire Analysis

Johnson's catches both came in the first quarter, and while he was not heard from afterward, he made his presence felt. The 25-yeard-old caught an 11-yard pass on the Lions' first play of the game, and later in the same quarter broke free for a wide-open 35-yard catch that he took to the house. His fantasy owners will have to wait till Week 3 at Edmonton to see if the big game gets him more targets.
Jeremiah Johnson    BC Lions
Johnson rushed 10 times for 52 yards in Saturday's 22-10 defeat of Montreal. He also added two receptions for four yards.

RotoWire Analysis

With only the diminutive return man Chris Rainey backing him up in Week 1, Johnson still did not lead the Lions in rushing yards. That honor instead belonged to his quarterback. Nevertheless, the Oregon product carried the ball effectively enough, averaging 5.2 YPC. It remains to be seen what will happen to his workload after the coming bye week once Travon Van (suspended - family matter) and Brandon Rutley (undisclosed injury) presumably return for Week 3 at Edmonton.
Jonathon Jennings    BC Lions
Jennings completed 20 of 24 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns to go with 57 yards on nine rushing attempts in Saturday's 22-10 win over Montreal.

RotoWire Analysis

Jennings was unstoppable in this one, as he not only was highly accurate through the air, he also led the team in rushing. The 25-year-old came out of the gate hot, as he hit a wide-open Shaq Johnson for a 35-yard touchdown on the Lions' second drive of the game. He certainly looked every bit like the version of himself from 2016, when he exceeded 5,000 yards passing while adding 363 on the ground. The Saginaw State product will get a bye week to rest his legs before traveling to Edmonton for a Week 3 showdown with the Eskimos.
Eugene Lewis    Montreal Alouettes
Lewis reeled in two passes for 23 yards and added three more yards on one carry in Saturday's 22-10 loss to the Lions. He also recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

RotoWire Analysis

It's not exactly sustainable production, but at least it's something. Lewis was trailing Chris Williams as the latter neared the end zone after a 56-yard catch, but a BC defensive back stripped the ball. It bounced over the goal line and Lewis pounced on it for the score. While the second-year player wasn't a major part of Montreal's game plan, he did make one catch in each of the final three quarters, with a long of 14 yards. As one of seven Alouette receivers with a reception in the contest, the Oklahoma product will have to do more than fall on loose balls to gain traction in this offense.
Ernest Jackson    Montreal Alouettes
Jackson caught three passes for 73 yards in Saturday's 22-10 loss to the Lions.

RotoWire Analysis

Jackson's 54-yard catch and run on the Alouettes' second drive of the game set up their second and final score of the day, a field goal towards the end of the first quarter. The Buffalo product wouldn't be heard from again until he caught passes on consecutive plays with under a minute remaining in the game --when it was already out of reach. Coming off of a down 2017, Jackson will have to do more to stand out in a crowded Montreal receiving corps heading into a Week 2 matchup at home against Winnipeg.
Chris Williams    Montreal Alouettes
Williams caught six passes for 98 yards in Saturday's 22-10 loss to the Lions.

RotoWire Analysis

Williams would have added an extra yard and scored against his former team had he not fumbled the ball into the end zone on the Als' opening drive of the game. Fortunately for him, teammate Eugene Lewis was in the area and fell on the ball for the touchdown. The New Mexico State product will have to wait for that elusive first score as an Alouette till Week 2 at home against Winnipeg.
Tyrell Sutton    Montreal Alouettes
Sutton rushed 15 times for 65 yards and added five receptions for 31 yards in Saturday's 22-10 loss to the Lions.

RotoWire Analysis

Sutton racked up 29 of those yards on the ground with rush attempts on five of Montreal's first seven plays, en route to the only Alouette touchdown drive of the day. The Northwestern product saw all but one of his team's carries, and while he only averaged 4.3 YPC in Week 1, he has never averaged fewer than 5.2 YPC over any of his five seasons in the league. Thus, the 31-year-old will be a good bet for continued production Week 2 at home against the Blue Bombers.
Drew Willy    Montreal Alouettes
Willy completed 25 of 35 pass attempts for 281 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in Saturday's 22-10 loss to the Lions. He also added three rushing attempts for 10 yards.

RotoWire Analysis

Willy started out hot, leading a 16-play, 92-yard scoring drive on the Alouettes' first possession of the game. On the next one, they managed a field goal, but the Lions defense held tight after that and shut out Willy et al for the final three quarters. On the bright side, he connected on three plays of at least 50 yards in the contest, although one was called back due to a penalty. The 31-year-old will try to achieve more extended success Week 2 at home against Winnipeg.
Alex Ross    Winnipeg Blue Bombers    Out    Undisclosed
Ross (undisclosed) was injured in Thursday's loss to Edmonton and could be out for a while, Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

RotoWire Analysis

Winnipeg is already thin at quarterback with Matt Nichols (knee) on the six-game injured list, so the loss of Ross makes an already depleted position even worse. The quarterback was hurt when he was the holder on a field goal attempt that went awry, leaving rookie Bryan Bennett as the only insurance behind current starter Chris Streveler. The team's next game comes Friday against Montreal and the Bombers will probably be in the market for another signal caller in the meantime.
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Players Likely To Return Soon
Player Injury Est. Return
Trevor Harris Leg 6/21/2018
Trent Richardson Personal 6/21/2018
Korliss Marshall Undisclosed 6/22/2018
Chris Givens Suspension 6/22/2018
Peter Berryman Undisclosed 6/22/2018
Kenbrell Thompkins Undisclosed 6/22/2018
Harry McMaster Suspension 6/22/2018
Alex Taylor Suspension 6/22/2018
Dominique Reed Undisclosed 6/22/2018
Vidal Hazelton Undisclosed 6/22/2018
Players Out or on IR
Player Team Est. Return
Trent Richardson Saskatchewan June 2018
Korliss Marshall Edmonton June 2018
Peter Berryman Edmonton June 2018
Harry McMaster Edmonton June 2018
Alex Taylor Edmonton June 2018
Dominique Reed Winnipeg June 2018
Chris Givens Winnipeg June 2018
Mossis Madu Ottawa June 2018
Travon Van BC June 2018
Marcus Thigpen Saskatchewan June 2018
Alex Ross Winnipeg July 2018
Matt Nichols Winnipeg July 2018
Timothy Flanders Winnipeg July 2018
Giovanni Aprile Edmonton August 2018
Juron Criner Edmonton August 2018
Anthony Coombs Toronto August 2018
Alex Green Hamilton August 2018
James Tuck Edmonton May 2019
Jake Harty Saskatchewan May 2019
Shamawd Chambers Hamilton June 2019