It must be playoff time.
CFL teams are closing practices, downplaying injuries and hiding roster moves. Any little snippet of information can be used by a postseason opponent, don’t you know?
Football coaches remain the most paranoid people in the world, so this secretive stuff is happening in advance of the Riders-Redblacks East semifinal and Eskimos-Bombers West semifinal.
This is when the NFL looks so much better when dealing with its teams’ injury lists, describing players as “likely,” “probable” and “out” for upcoming games. NFL coaches also work deceptively, but that league is so cautious about any connection to gambling that it enforces total honesty regarding its injured players.
Fans gamble on CFL games, too. They also play Fantasy Football with CFL rosters.
Injuries to Saskatchewan guard Brendon LaBatte and Winnipeg quarterback Matt Nichols, plus the potential roster moves in Edmonton and Ottawa, will affect Sunday’s games; they don’t need to be strongly guarded secrets.