NLL announces three suspensions from preseason scrimmages

Jovan Miller
Jovan Miller

The National Lacrosse League has announced three suspensions arising from incidents in preseason games and scrimmages. Each suspension is for one game and the PLPA is appealing all three. Jovan Miller earned his ban for an elbow to the head of Jordan MacIntosh in Colorado’s scrimmage with Minnesota in Toronto on December 1. Miller wasn’t penalized at the time but upon reviewing the incident the league assigned him a match penalty for the play.

Scott Johnston and Jesse Fehr both earned their suspensions for illegal cross-checks in games involving Edmonton. Johnston cross-checked Fehr when the Rock were hosting the Rush for a scrimmage on December 8. Fehr’s one-game ban arises from an incident the following week in which he hit Greg Harnett during a scrimmage between the Rush and Calgary in Airdrie.

Both Miller and Fehr have been released. If their suspensions are upheld after the appeals are heard, both players will still need to sit out a game if they are signed by another team. Johnston, who was just added to the Rock’s active roster from the practice squad, would miss Toronto’s opener in Calgary on January 12.

Dane Dobbie will also miss that game, as the PLPA has withdrawn its appeal of his one-game suspension for an incident late in the Roughnecks’ May 5 playoff loss to Edmonton.

Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at stamplax@hotmail.com.

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