It has become the first $1-million injury season in Canadian Football League history.
The so-called butcher bill for the Edmonton Eskimos with two regular season games remaining has hit a staggering $1,080,000.
“Our normal budget for injury costs is $500,000, and we are tracking $580,000 over that amount,? Eskimos president and chief executive officer Len Rhodes revealed on Monday to your correspondent.
“The total number of Edmonton games lost to injury reserve is now at 296 and projected to be 346 by the season’s end,? CFL statistician Steve Daniel said as he updated the numbers for your agent Monday. “That would be the second-highest in CFL history after the Roughriders’ 355 man-game lost in 2016.?
Let’s say it ends up at 366. That means 366 game-day salaries you wouldn’t have to pay if a team didn’t have a single injury. CFL teams pay per game. If you make $180,000, that’s $10,000 per game.
Last year’s Saskatchewan total was generally regarded as being bogus as general manager and head coach Chris Jones went through a 5-13 regular season like one giant tryout camp.
In August alone last year, the league fined the Riders $60,000 for roster violations, and hit the team and Jones for another $36,500 in the off-season. Even with that, the Eskimos have a shot at breaking that record, not that it’s a goal or anything.
There is also now a new rule for the last three weeks of the season where you can not place a player on the six-game without having their salary count against the cap. The rule was created to prevent a team already out of the playoffs to create space to play and get a good look at new players. Now who would do that?