Citing player safety and an overall goal of reducing injuries, CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie announced some significant changes for next season.
Teams will no longer be able to hold full contact padded practices, and the regular season will be extended to 21 weeks.
In a news release Ambrosie said, “We have developed and agreed upon these changes in the spirit of partnership and in pursuit of a shared goal: making the game we all love safer for the elite athletes who thrill our fans with their skill and talent.”
Teams are currently allowed to hold seven padded full contact practices.
The change will also mean three bye-weeks for teams instead of the current two.