CFL suspends Eskimos' A.J. Gass

The CFL slapped A.J. Gass with a one-game suspension without pay Wednesday after the Eskimos linebacker was ejected from Edmonton's 34-32 loss last week to the Calgary Stampeders.

The CFL slapped A.J. Gass with a one-game suspension without pay Wednesday after the Eskimos linebacker was ejected from Edmonton's 34-32 loss last week to the Calgary Stampeders.

A skirmish broke out between the teams after a whistle early in the second quarter and Gass eventually ripped the helmet offStampeder lineman John Comiskey and launched it up field, leadingto his expulsion.

Comiskey had come to the aid of teammate Jeff Pilon, who Gass said started the melee by grabbing an Eskimos player in the groin during a pileup.

"There's no question that [Pilon] pushed A.J.," Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia told CBC Sports at halftime. "We've just got to be stronger and walk away from it, but how do you blame the guys for coming to each other's defence?"

Gass could choose to serve the suspension, or appeal it, enablinghim to play Saturday when Edmonton hosts the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CBC, 9:30 p.m. ET).

If Gass loses the appeal, he would be forced to serve the ban later in the season.