Duron Carter Suspension Upheld

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A decision finally came down on the appeal to the Duron Carter suspension, and the CFL has upheld the punishment. Carter will serve a one-game suspension, and ironically enough, it will be against the team against which he committed his crime, the Ottawa Redblacks.

Duron Carter Suspension Upheld, To Serve One Game

Back in Week 2, Carter accidentally-on-purpose collided with Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell on the sidelines following a touchdown. The discipline of both men was in question, and both could have handled the situation in a more mature manner. Ultimately, Carter, as the player, took the heavier punishment for the incident.

Carter appealed the suspension, and the decision was only finalized Monday afternoon following Montreal Alouettes practice. Before hearing any news, Carter did not field any questions from the media following practice.

The appeal process took nearly two months, much to the dismay of people across the league. Carter has continued to play since then.

This left a dark shadow over Carter over the past 9 weeks. He was public enemy number one when the Alouettes travelled to Ottawa two weeks ago, where he put up a dominant performance, scoring two touchdowns on 5 receptions and 126 yards. He did show some maturity in that game, but taunted the Redblacks faithful when they booed him following his first touchdown.

Besides that single incident, Carter seems to be more focused on football, and despite his fame for trash-talking, Carter seems to let his play do the talking. He has 717 yards and 5 touchdowns through 9 games this season.

The Alouettes will feel unlucky at the timing of the suspension, as it will be served the Redblacks, in the Labour Day Classic. The last-placed Alouettes are only three points behind the first-placed Redblacks and have a chance to close in on them at home Thursday night.

The Alouettes won’t be without receivers who could make a difference, as Kenny Stafford returned from injury in their game last week. Stafford was injured in that Week 2 match against the Redblacks, and has yet to make a serious impact this season. Quarterback Kevin Glenn can rely on players like Nik Lewis and B.J. Cunningham to produce yards against Ottawa.

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