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CFL suspends Ottawa Redblacks long snapper Bourassa for drug violation

Ottawa Redblacks long snapper Louis-Philippe Bourassa (50) holds up his helmet as the team celebrates winning against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats following second half CFL action in Ottawa on Oct. 27, 2017.
Ottawa Redblacks long snapper Louis-Philippe Bourassa (50) holds up his helmet as the team celebrates winning against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats following second half CFL action in Ottawa on Oct. 27, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Ottawa Redblacks long snapper Louis-Philippe Bourassa has been suspended for two games after a positive drug test.

The CFL says Bourassa tested positive for several banned substances, including Ibutamoren, a growth hormone, and methamphetamine, a stimulant.

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A native of Shawinigan, Que., the 27-year-old Bourassa has been with the Redblacks since 2017 when he was drafted by Ottawa out of the University of Montreal in the fourth round.

Players who test positive face a two-game suspension for a first doping violation, a nine-game suspension for a second violation, a one-year suspension for a third violation, and a lifetime ban for a fourth violation.

All players will be subject to mandatory drug testing after testing positive, and will participate in an assessment and clinical evaluation to determine if they need additional counselling.

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The policy mandates a total number of random tests equal to 100 per cent of the players in the CFL.

Random testing is ongoing and is conducted year-round.