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Lions’ Ricky Lloyd Shines Against Calgary

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B.C. Lions signal caller Rickey Lloyd may be new to the CFL, but he sure didn’t show it on Friday as the Lions rocketed to a 36-23 pre-season comeback win over the Calgary Stampeders.

The Lions trailed until the 3rd quarter when Lloyd started getting into a rhythm with Kevin Elliott, Trevon Van and Ricky Collins Jr..

“You give quarterbacks little tests and then you see how they deal with the little tests,” head coach Wally Buono said. “If I was to grade him today on the little test, I would give him an A-plus.”

Lloyd entered the game late in the second quarter and remained in the game after Cody Fajardo took a hard hit.

“I honestly had no idea when I was coming in today,” Lloyd said.

“I came in and tried to stay calm, cool and collected the whole night and went through my progressions, went through my reads all day and just tried to be smart with the ball, and do what I could do to help the team win.”

Lloyd completed 15-of-23 passes for 121 yards.

“For a guy that’s never played in the CFL, that’s really just been around the CFL game for less than two weeks, to be able to have that kind of composure, make some plays that he did, even the clock management I thought he did a very good job,” Buono said.

“He has a rocket arm,” Lions starting quarterback Jon Jennings said of Lloyd. “He’s composed back there and obviously you saw he can make some plays. It’s always fun seeing new faces come in and tear things up.”

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Eskimos Sign Matthieu Betts

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The Edmonton Eskimos have agreed to terms with outside linebacker/defensive end Matthieu Betts, according to TSN’s Farhan Lalji.

Betts, 24, was drafted by Edmonton with the third overall pick in the 2019 CFL Draft, but signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in April.

Betts was cut when rosters were trimmed to 53-players.

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Tiger Cats Sign Tyrell Sutton

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed veteran running back Tyrell Sutton, according to a post Sutton put up on his Instagram page.

Sutton, 32, is a former CFL All-Star who has played for the Montreal Alouettes, B.C. Lions, and signed with the Toronto Argonauts although he never played a down for the team.

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Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris Suspended Two Games

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris has been suspended for two games following a failed drug test, according to an official league announcement.

Harris, 32, reportedly tested positive for Metandienone, which is a banned substance in the CFL.

“Throughout my four years playing here in Winnipeg, I have been drug tested more than any other player on our team to the point that it has become a running joke within our locker room,” Harris said. “I’m still in shock and disbelief at the news.

“The timeline makes it very clear — I was not using a banned substance for performance enhancing purposes, nor was I aware that I was taking any supplements with any banned substances in them. Based on the fact pattern, this is clearly a case of product contamination.”

“My road to becoming a starter in the CFL was extremely difficult, and I take a lot of pride in the honest blue collar work I’ve put in to reach this point in my career,” he said. “As unsettling and painful as this is to me and my family, I hope this can be a helpful reminder to all athletes about being extremely cautious and aware of what they are taking and putting into their bodies.”

“I can’t wait to rejoin my teammates and the city of Winnipeg in our quest to bring a Grey Cup to this wonderful city that I am fortunate enough to call home”.

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