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Redblacks' Gavins, Eskimos' Willis fined for dangerous hits

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TSN.ca Staff
7/7/2014 6:12:28 PM
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Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Jerrell Gavins was handed the maximum fine by the CFL on Monday for a late and low hit on Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Drew Willy.

"This type of play has absolutely no place in our game," said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. "It was unnecessary, extremely dangerous and will not be tolerated."

Gavins was flagged on the play.

The league also announced that Edmonton Eskimo defensive lineman Odell Willis was fined for his high hit on Hamilton Tiger-Cat quarterback Zach Collaros.

Following an extensive video review, it was concluded that there is evidence of contact to the neck area.

"We have stressed to players and officials alike the importance of protecting the health and safety of our players in general, and the health and safety of quarterbacks in particular, as the game often puts them in exposed positions," said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. "Creating a culture of player health and safety is paramount to the Canadian Football League."

It was also determined that Willis should have been flagged on the play.

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