Ticats Chad Owens to miss the rest of season due to injury

Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Chad Owens will miss the remainder of the 2016 season with a broken foot, according to CFL sources.

The 34-year-old Owens was injured during Hamilton’s 20-17 win over the Montreal Alouettes and had surgery to repair the damage.

Owens was enjoying an excellent season, his first with the Ticats after being signed as a free agent in February. He is currently third on the team with 58 catches for 808 yards and has added five touchdowns.  This is the fourth straight campaign that Owens, who spent seasons with the Toronto Argonauts, has missed multiple games due to injury.

It’s also another setback for the Ticats who are also dealing with injuries to quarterback Zach Collaros, receiver Luke Tasker as well as Canadian safety Courtney Stephen and strong side linebacker Rico Murray. The team is on a bye this week and doesn’t play again until Oct. 14 when the Ottawa Redblacks come to town for a the opening half of a key back-to-back set with a division rival.

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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21 Comments on Ticats Chad Owens to miss the rest of season due to injury

  1. Very disappointing. Hope to see him back next year – he still seems to have a lot left in the tank.

    • He will be 35 next season, I doubt he will be back.
      Fantuz will be 34, it’s a question of do they want to come back?

  2. Oskee Wee Wee // October 4, 2016 at 2:49 pm //

    So does this mean Gurly or Hazleton?

  3. Too bad, he was having a solid season. He just can’t seem to stay healthy at this point of his career which makes me wonder if he’s done.

  4. Owens goes flat out all the time, which leaves him susceptible to injuries. It’s more than his body can take. Much as I like to see him play he would probably be wiser to call it a career and find a safer outlet for his energy.

  5. I never liked Owens when he was an Argo but he played with a lot of class this season as a Tiger-Cat. He was having a great season and his injury is very unfortunate. Here’s wishing Chad a speedy recovery and hopefully he can return next year and carry on what he started this season.

  6. Chad Owens is a hero among heroes who has thrilled and charmed Canadians for over a decade.A true CFL football HERO.

  7. Retire? It’s a broken foot people! He was having a great year. Injuries happen in football and if you se the play and how he broke his foot it was while making an unbelievable catch along the sidelines. The guy is a warrior. Retire SMH!

  8. Unfortunately, Owen’s injury didn’t happen playing football. During the Als game, he was sitting on a stool in front of the team’s Gatorade/water stand, near the bench, when one of the refs came flying into him, knocked there by a sideline tackle.
    Chad jumped up, perhaps trying to prevent the ref from crashing hard into the water cart, and came up limping, badly.
    He hopped on one leg to the end of the bench, where he sat for a period until disappearing into the dressing room.
    I was sitting in my Sect 104 seats behind the bench when this happened. I’m surprised TSN (or anyone) didn’t pick it up and provide a replay.
    I too was never a big fan of Chad’s, but he had something to prove this season and was doing so. Hope he’s back next year.

    • I got the impression that the injury had already occurred before he tried to get out of the way of the ref. It could be that there was some less serious injury and the ref crashing into him just made it worse.
      Regardless Owens has been a great addition to the team and played very well. It’s unfortunate that he is unable to finish the season.

    • I was wondering if that was what had happened to CO2. Very sad to see, especially since his base contract was low, but full of incentives. I think that’s why Owens would go down quicker this year rather then always going for that extra yard or 2. Hope to see you on the field soon Chad. Mahalo!

  9. Another nail in coffin for the TC 2016 season. I was hoping at least Muamba would sign with the TC’s but I see he is off to Riderland. Next year’s priority is to purge the TC ‘bend and break’ defence and recruit players who can actually hit and tackle.

  10. moncton ticats fan // October 5, 2016 at 7:28 am //

    Rats!! A real shame for Chad personally, and a real shame for the Cats, as his intensity on the field is likely very inspiring for his teammates. They have missed him on the field the last couple of games, and really could use his veteran experience and determination as they play these next 4 important games.

  11. Terry Baxter // October 5, 2016 at 10:48 am //

    Fourth straight year of missing ti due to injury? Ya, he’s done.

  12. How can you say he’s done? He had 800+ yards so far this season!
    Same with Fantuz…at 34 he’s playing great.
    Hope Chad makes a full recovery in time for the playoffs.
    Hopefully we can sign Gurley or Hazleton. Too bad we missed out on Sinkfield.

    • Fantuz is only 32 – won’t be 33 until after the end of the season (bd – 1983)
      Have to agree with Lindsay too (below) – Austin isn’t going to tolerate cast off players who have poor work ethic/attitude when he already has hand-picked options – albeit a couple who have no CFL game experience (Streeter, Lutman).

  13. Lindsay Wilcox // October 5, 2016 at 3:43 pm //

    Milanovich’s comments make me suspect that Argo receivers were cancers/slackers in the dressing room/practice field. We already have Chiles and Collins on the active roster, though they haven’t had a chance to show much, and Streeter and Lutman on the PR. I’d bet on the Ticats wanting to see what those 4 can do before bringing in any of the 4 from TO.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Chad ! And come back next year !

    • Hazelton already gone to one of the most powerful offences in the league, Edmonton.Why do the stronger teams always get stronger, because that is the way.Next, Gurley to RedBlacks.

  14. Ticat Mike // October 7, 2016 at 3:09 pm //

    Too bad about Chad — he was having a great year and I hope he can come back next year — but the way things are going with this time — I don’t think anyone is safe.
    Gurley would have been a great addition, but we get the third best guy released by the Argos. The great players choose the great teams because they smell a winner. With Zach hurt, the defensive secondary a mess, the injuries, the lack of any kind of consistency on offense and special teams — the signs are not good. They have a by week to try and figure it out. I have contended all year long, the talent base is thin, and the coaching tactics dont’ particulary suit the talent at hand. The game tactics put our QB at risk with a weak O line and no run game —- a predictable offense most of the time. I would give this group this whole year to see what they can do, and then consider any change that will result in better recruitment, better talent (O line, secondary to start withaaaa0 smarter use of talent.

  15. Ticat Mike // October 7, 2016 at 3:11 pm //

    and smarter use of talent — bring in a good Offensive Coordinator.

  16. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Chad but it only took one game to become a big fan.

    As mentioned above his intensity and incredible play are exciting to watch.

    More than once I’ve wished he had been a Cat earlier in his career. Instead of enjoying his play I just hated the Argos and him as one of them who made plays against us.

    I’m glad you’re one of us and have loved watching you play this year. Don’t even think about not playing next year. Keep spreading your intensity this year. We need it. Get better soon.

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