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CFL suspends Alouettes' Vernon Adams one game for incident with Adam Bighill

The Canadian Football League announced on Monday that Alouettes quarterback Vernon Adams has been suspended for one game for an incident during Saturday’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

During the fourth quarter, Adam Bighill blocked Adams on an interception return, and Adams responded by pulling Bighill down by his facemask. Bighill’s helmet came off, and Adams swung the helmet toward Bighill’s head, the CFL said.

“In addition to being a non-football play, the league deemed the act to be reckless and dangerous,” the league said. The decision came after a telephone hearing between CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie, Adams and representatives of the Canadian Football League Players’ Association.

Adams will miss Saturday’s match against the B.C. Lions.

Though the quarterback received a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty for the play, many thought he should have been ejected from the game.

“Rips my helmet off … then hits me in the face with it … and the ref is right there looking at it …” Bighill wrote on Twitter afterward.

The CFL’s rulebook says a player can be disqualified “for any act of rough play against an opponent, including but not limited to striking an opponent with the fist, hand, knee, elbow or helmet in an excessively rough manner.”

Alouettes head coach Khari Jones said he would wait to comment on the suspension.