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Roughriders announce training camp times, rookie cuts

The Saskatchewan Roughriders continued with the business of football on Saturday while the CFL and CFLPA continued to negotiate.

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SASKATOON — It was business as usual Saturday for Saskatchewan Roughriders during unusual times for the CFL and the CFL Players’ Association.

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The Riders announced Saturday that their main training camp will open Sunday at 9 a.m. at the University of Saskatchewan’s Griffiths Stadium, even though the league and the CFLPA have yet to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The current CBA expires Saturday at 10 p.m. CST. The CFLPA will be in the position to conduct a legal strike if a new deal can’t be negotiated before the deadline.

Negotiations continued Saturday as veterans reported for physicals at their respective training camps. According to a memo obtained and published by TSN’s Farhan Lalji, the CFLPA advised its members not to participate in any other activities besides physicals.

Lalji is also reporting that CFL and the CFLPA are getting closer to a deal, but a memorandum of understanding has yet to be signed.

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The Riders released nine prospects Saturday, one day after the three-day rookie camp concluded.

Defensive lineman Alain Cimankinda was the only Canadian released. Cimankinda was the Riders’ fourth-round pick (35th overall) in the 2021 CFL draft out of the University of Guelph. He spent the 2021 season on the practice roster.

Linebacker Luke Holloway, shown here during rookie camp, was released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday.
Linebacker Luke Holloway, shown here during rookie camp, was released by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday. Photo by Michelle Berg /Saskatoon StarPhoenix

The American prospects that were cut were offensive lineman Ka’John Armstrong, running backs Justin Covington and Shamar Moreland, receivers Charles Headen III and Darvin Kidsy, defensive backs Jermaine Kelly and Lavonte Larry, and linebacker Luke Holloway.

Isaac Harker, who spent the 2019 and 2021 seasons as the Riders’ backup quarterback, was released Saturday by the B.C. Lions. He signed with the Lions as a free agent during the off-season.

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Going camping

Daily sessions during the first week of Riders’ main training camp are to run from 9 a.m. until noon. All sessions are open to the public.

The Riders are slated to play their first pre-season game May 23, 3 p.m., at Mosaic Stadium against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The second pre-season game is June 4 in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions.

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