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Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris Eyes Big Performance

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris is looking to have a big game on Friday night against the Toronto Argonauts.

Harris is looking for a second straight victory over Toronto on Friday, and to follow up a big win with a wedding social on Saturday night at the stadium for he and fiancee Carina Fiorentino.

“The biggest thing is getting the win (Friday) and Saturday will just continue the celebrations,” Harris said, according to CFL.ca. “It’s just great to have it all in the same place.”

Harris will head into the game with plenty of momentum, having surpassed the 100 yard rushing mark in 3 straight games.

“I just want to win the game, that’s the biggest thing.” Harris, who leads the league with 610 rushing yards this season, said.

Harris had a big game last week in the victory over Toronto, rushing for 177 yards, which was more than Toronto’s entire team output of 165 yards.

Toronto head coach Marc Trestman is looking for better quarterback play and better pass protection in this week’s tilt.

“We’ve got to get better play and more efficient play out of our quarterback,” Trestman said. “That would be for anybody who’s playing. It starts there at the quarterback position.

“I think James [Franklin] has shown himself to be very resilient. He’s going through a growing process now in a new system with new verbiage and really his first time playing a lot of football.”

Franklin, the Toronto signal caller, was frustrated with the lack of offensive, but more so that Harris had more rushing yards than Toronto’s total offense could muster.

“It’s frustrating to think, ‘OK, I wish we would have put up more yards,’ ” he said. “I think personally I’m not like, ‘Oh no, it bothers me that he had more rushing yards than we had total yards.’

“But I mean we definitely need to do a better job of that, help our defence out because they made a lot of plays and they put us in really good positions.”

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Stampeders’ Bo Levi Mitchell Ruled Out

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Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell has been ruled out for Week 9’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday.

Mitchell was able to return to practice on Tuesday, and was able to make a number of throws at various distances and lengths, but the team ultimately decided that he was not ready for action just yet.

Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson had left the door open for Mitchell to dress against Winnipeg, but now he is not going to dress for the game either.

Mitchell, for his part, is remaining upbeat about his injured shoulder.

“It felt great” Mitchell said on Tuesday, according to TSN. “I didn’t really want to take the helmet off…overall, I felt pretty good.

“That’s Dave (Dickenson’s) decision. Dave and Huf (GM John Hufnagel) – let those guys decide.”

Mitchell will now set his sights on Week 10, where he could return as the team takes on the Montreal Alouettes at home.

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Roughriders Acquire Eskimos’ Kenny Stafford

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Kenny Stafford

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired American wide receiver Kenny Stafford in a trade from the Edmonton Eskimos in exchange for wide receiver Christion Jones, according to announcements on Monday.

Stafford, 29, has collected 30 receptions this season for 366 yards and 2 touchdowns so far this season.

Jones, a return specialist, has returned 111 punts for 1,441 yards and three touchdowns during his career.

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Redblacks Release Jeff Knox Jr.

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Jeff Knox Jr.

The Ottawa Redblacks have released veteran linebacker Jeff Knox Jr., according to an official team announcement on Monday.

Knox, 27, signed with Ottawa last off season and appeared in only one game for the Redblacks this season.

Knox has notched 231 tackles, three sacks and one interception in 51 career games.

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