The Ottawa Redblacks have reached out to McLeod Bethel-Thompson about a potential return to the CFL.
According to a league source, Ottawa (1-3) has made an inquiry to the veteran quarterback. On Saturday night, incumbent Jeremiah Masoli suffered a season-ending ruptured left Achilles tendon injury in the Redblacks 21-13 road loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-3).
The Redblacks confirmed the nature of Masoli’s injury Monday. The club added Masoli will require surgery and undergo the operation soon in Ottawa.
The source spoke on the condition of anonymity as Ottawa GM Shawn Burke is scheduled to address reporters Tuesday following the Redblacks’ practice.
Masoli was playing a year to the day after suffering a season-ending right leg injury during a game versus the Saskatchewan Roughriders. During that 17-game span, the Redblacks were 5-12.
On Saturday night, rookie Dustin Crum came off the bench to complete 14-of-21 passes for 149 yards and two interceptions. The six-foot-three, 207-pound Crum also ran for a team-high 91 yards and a TD on six carries.
Crum almost put Ottawa in a position to force overtime. He had a 19-yard run on the game’s final play but was stopped a yard short of the endzone on a tackle by Hamilton’s Chris Edwards.
Crum is expected to start Saturday night when Ottawa hosts the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-1).
Masoli was taking over starting duties from sophomore Tyrie Adams, who suffered a season-ending knee injury while leading Ottawa past the Edmonton Elks 26-7 on June 30.
Bethel-Thompson, 35, played five seasons with the Toronto Argonauts (2017-22), winning Grey Cups in his first and final campaigns with the CFL club. Bethel-Thompson’s first championship came as a backup to veteran Ricky Ray,
But the six-foot-four, 220-pound Bethel-Thompson threw for a CFL- and career-high 4,731 yards last season with 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He led Toronto (11-7) to first place in the East Division for a second straight season before completing 19-of-27 passes for 299 yards and two TDs in the Argos’ 34-27 conference final victory over the Montreal Alouettes.
That earned Toronto a Grey Cup berth against heavily favoured Winnipeg. Bethel-Thompson was 15-of-28 passing for 203 yards before suffering a dislocated right thumb late in the fourth quarter.
Backup Chad Kelly — the nephew of former Bills’ star quarterback Jim Kelly — came off the bench to complete four-of-six passes for 43 yards. But it was Kelly’s crucial 20-yard run on second-and-15 that set up A.J. Ouellette’s game-winning five-yard rushing touchdown in Toronto’s stunning 24-23 victory.
In the off-season, Bethel-Thompson opted to sign with the USFL’s New Orleans Breakers, citing a desire to play closer to his family. The move wasn’t surprising as after the Grey Cup game, Bethel-Thompson spoke candidly about the difficulties of being away from his wife and young daughter during the CFL season.
But according to the source, a return to Canada “would have to be right” for Bethel-Thompson and his family. The source added Ottawa hasn’t been the only CFL club to reach out to Bethel-Thompson but wouldn’t identify the other teams.
The source also said there remains “considerable” NFL interest in Bethel-Thompson as teams this year will be able to dress a third quarterback on game day without using an active roster spot. The change came about after the San Francisco 49ers were forced to battle through injuries to starter Brock Purdy and backup Josh Johnson in a 31-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC championship game.
The rule change also means NFL teams will likely bring at least four quarterbacks to training camp. And a factor that could work in Bethel-Thompson’s favour would be his pro experience, which could make him a more enticing choice to put into a game on an emergency basis than an unproven rookie.
Bethel-Thompson certainly has the luxury of time to ponder his next football move. An argument could be made that his value in Canada only increases with each passing week and especially if a starter on one of the CFL’s contending teams suffers a significant injury.
Bethel-Thompson appeared in 74 career regular-season games, completing 1,125-of-1,683 passes (66.8 per cent) for 13,261 yards with 70 touchdowns and 49 interceptions. He also ran 93 times for 513 yards (5.5-yard average) and two TDs.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 10, 2023.
Garnacho on target as United beats Crystal Palace in League Cup defence
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Seven months after lifting the trophy, Manchester United made a successful start to its defense of the English League Cup on Tuesday by beating Crystal Palace 3-0.
Alejandro Garnacho and Casemiro fired the holders into a 2-0 first-half lead at Old Trafford and Anthony Martial added a third after the break in the third-round match.
It is now back-to-back wins for Erik ten Hag’s team, which has endured a disappointing start to the season.
The dominant performance against an understrength Palace followed Saturday’s narrow victory at Burnley and will give United fans hope the team has turned its form around.
“The mood is always good, but of course when you are not winning at United there is disappointment, and there is frustration, but the togetherness is always there,” Ten Hag said. “We know we are not now in the position where we want to be. So we have to build up, we have to catch up and then you have to go from game to game, working on the process and working on the results. Don’t get too far ahead.”
The League Cup ranks fourth among English soccer’s most important trophies. But Ten Hag still savored last season’s success.
Victory against Newcastle in February’s final at Wembley Stadium ended the club’s six-year wait for a trophy and saw Ten Hag deliver silverware in his first season at the club. He went on to also reach the FA Cup final, only to lose to Manchester City, and also guided United back into the Champions League to mark an impressive campaign.
Things have not gone so well this term, with his team losing four out of five games before beating Burnley 1-0.
This latest victory was far more convincing, even if Palace benched regular starters Marc Guehi, Eberechi Eze and Joachim Anderson and was also without forward Odsonne Edouard.
Ten Hag also made changes with Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Hojlund on the bench and Christian Eriksen absent.
Mason Mount, however, made his first appearance since Aug. 19 after returning from an injury.
Garnacho fired United ahead in the 21st minute after converting Diogo Dalot’s cutback in the box.
His low shot had too much power for Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, who had only just come on as a substitute for the injured Dean Henderson.
Johnstone was tested again moments later when Dalot blasted an effort from an angle, which the keeper blocked.
He was beaten again, however, in the 27th, this time by Casemiro, who headed in Mount’s corner to double United’s lead.
Martial added a third 10 minutes into the second half when firing across goal after meeting Casemiro’s looping ball to the far post.
United plays Palace again in the Premier League on Saturday and the Londoners showed their threat when twice forcing saves from ‘keeper Andre Onana later in the match. But manager Roy Hodgson did not sound confident about securing a different outcome when the teams next meet.
“We are going to have to become a totally different team in the way we approach the game and the way we play the game,” he said.
Third-division Exeter produced a shock 1-0 win against Luton to knock the Premier League club out of the competition. Luton made 10 changes from the team that picked up its first topflight point of the season against Wolverhampton on Saturday, but the result will still go down as a big upset. Demetri Mitchell scored the winner in the 83rd, but Exeter had to see out the game with 10 men after he was sent off in the 88th.
Wolverhampton was also eliminated after throwing away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 at second-division Ipswich. Hwang Hee-Chan and Toti Gomes had seemingly put the visitors on course for the next round after goals inside the first 15 minutes. But Omari Hutchinson, Freddie Ladapo and Jack Taylor sealed a comeback win for Ipswich.
Burnley is still waiting for its first win in the league this season, but it is powering on in the cup after a 4-0 win against Salford City, the fourth division club co-owned by Manchester United greats including David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville.
Elsewhere, Middlesbrough beat Bradford 2-0 and Port Vale won 2-1 against Sutton United.
Fourth-division Mansfield beat third-division Peterborough 3-1 on penalty kicks after a 2-2 draw in regulation time. Lucas Akins’ penalty to even the score in the 93rd had sent the game to a shootout.
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