The CFL has fined the Riders $60,000 and taken $26,000 off of the team’s salary cap.
The action comes after a league investigation found the team had violated roster rules. In a statement, the league said “after a review of the findings, it has been determined that the Saskatchewan Roughriders were in violation of policies which prohibit practicing with ineligible players, players participating in practice who are on the six-game injured list, and having free agents practice with players who are under contract.”
The investigation took several weeks, and involved league officials visiting the team’s practices.
Commissioner Jeffrey Orridge said in the statement “as Commissioner, I am compelled to make decisions consistent with protecting the competitive balance within our league, the spirit of our rules and the integrity of our game. The recent conduct, behavior, and activities of the Saskatchewan Roughriders have compromised the reputation of the CFL.”
The fine comes on the heels of allegations by Calgary Stampeders’ quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell that the Riders were breaking roster rules.
— CFL Communications (@CFL_PR) August 11, 2016