The last time Adam Bighill was on a CFL field he was raising the Grey Cup over his head and surrounded by teammates at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.

However the scene was much various Friday early morning when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers linebacker was the very first player to step onto IG Field considering that some COVID-19 limitations were raised by the province and the CFL. There was no capturing up with teammates, no trading stories about last season’s championship run, and not a bachelor on the field to strike– unless you count the team’s strength and conditioning expert, Brayden Miller.

” It’s excitement. Whatever’s been building up inside you throughout the off-season,” stated Bighill on what a common Day 1 at the stadium resembles in a normal year.

” Guys train with one thing on their mind which’s to be the best they have actually ever been and win a champion. There’s overwhelming electrical power and energy. Everyone around you is simply itching to return out there and strike people.”

Previously in the week, the CFL and provincial federal government allowed to the group’s locally-based players to get in IG Field. Players need to reserve their workouts and will be evaluated prior to going into. Trainers will deal with gamers separately, with an optimum of two gamers training at the facility simultaneously.

Bighill was the only Bomber to benefit from the chance on Friday, while other gamers are anticipated to do the same in the coming days.

So, what was it like to pull into an empty car park on the very first day back at work?

” Honestly, it’s not that various for me,” stated Bighill, who talked with the Free Press after a leg exercise in the weight room and some sprints on the field. “I’m typically doing extra work by myself with nobody around. It’s sort of been (my thing) throughout my career. I’m used to being here not when I’m informed to be here, however whenever I seem like I require to get much better.”

While Friday was an infant action in the best direction, questions remain about the season. Commissioner Randy Ambrosie was talked to by Edmonton radio station 630 CHED on Thursday and spoke about his current conversations with presidents and owners of the CFL franchises.

” I have actually been challenged to come back to the (board of) governers on a recommendation on our go/no-go date,” Ambrosie said. “That’s something I have actually truly sort of prevented approximately this point, however I’ve taken good assistance from the guvs. I believe it’s type of time for us to actually believe about when will we need to make a last choice on our season status. That’s actually where we are today.”

The CFL has actually developed a return-to-play committee that is going over a circumstance where the nine groups will be based out of two hub cities. 630 CHED host Morley Scott asked Ambrosie if hub cities are the only viable choice at this moment.

” I don’t know it’s the only situation. It’s definitely one we’re looking at,” said Ambrosie.

” It’s a very interesting, if not extremely complicated problem … Real estate football teams is a little different than real estate a basketball group, even, frankly, quite different than housing hockey groups. It’s a great deal of people. It’s a massive ecosystem. The concerns around testing, all of those things, would have to be satisfied.”

It was reported on Thursday that at least 2 independently run groups aren’t 100 percent on board with a lowered schedule this fall unless a breakthrough is made. There’s speculation the community-run franchises in Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and Edmonton desire a minimum of some version of a season to be played to assist them foot the bill. The other 6 teams are privately owned.

Rumours about the future of the CFL continue to swirl, but you will not see Bighill revitalizing his newsfeed every day trying to remain on top of whatever.

” At the end of the day, it’s as simple as I understand we’re not playing today, so all I’m thinking of is training,” Bighill stated.

” I’m more just taking benefit of the minutes here and not considering what may be in the future since I find it’s a waste of time and energy. I just concentrate on the here and now and function.”