No Zach Collaros at Ticats practice (and other news)

Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Zach Collaros was not on the field at Ticats practice Monday morning. (UPDATE: He’s now been ruled out.)

Back up quarterback Jeremiah Masoli rab the first team offence.


In other Ticats news, the team has acquired Canadian defensive lineman Justin Capicciotti and American offensive lineman Xavier Fulton from the Saskatchewan Roughriders in exchange for national defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh, international receiver Tommy Streeter as well as fourth and seventh round selections in the 2017 CFL Draft.

They’ve also signed seven players to the practice roster including veteran linebacker Keon Raymond and former Esks running back Kendial Lawrence as defensive backs Derrius Brooks and Cleshawn Page, linebacker Matt Wells, defensive end Denzell Perine and offensive lineman Jace Daniels. The practice roster transactions have been made in accordance with the CFL’s policy that allows teams to expand their practice roster to 15 players for 30 days.

In other injury news, running back C.J. Gable has returned to practice but there’s still no sign of receiver Luke Tasker. Linebacker Simoni Lawrence is on the field not participating. Also missing is Canadian safety Shane Hebert.

In Ottawa, Redblacks play-by-play man A.J. Jakubec is reporting that former Ticat Henry Burris is taking the first team reps at quarterback while another former Tabbie, receiver Chris Williams, is done for the season with a torn ACL.

Got all that?

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

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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13 Comments on No Zach Collaros at Ticats practice (and other news)

  1. Not good but not unexpected. Obviously there will be no injury updates from Austin.

  2. I have faith in Masoli and his ability to lead this TC team out of the East. What I saw in July in the comeback win vs the Esks was pretty special and that kind of stuff doesn’t grow on trees. Next season TC’s are going to need to assess quite a few things, one of them being at the QB position. Sorry but football is a business and can be cruel. Paying a guy a big chunk of cash to play basically 40% of the games so far in a 3 year tenure, no matter how talented Collaros is, just doesn’t make financial sense. Brings back memories of Jessee Lumsden.

  3. A whole lot of ouch.

    • That’s EXACTLY what I was thinking!

      As for the trade – Capiciotti has not been effective for the Riders – maybe he can be here but he isn’t going to be starting likely anyway. I’ll restrain from being too excited until he has a chance to prove himself. Sorry to see Gaydosh go after the time the team invested in him but he wasn’t playing and was often a healthy scratch. Fulton is probably the more valuable of the 2 given the state of the OL lately -as long as he’s healthy and stays that way. Streeter is an unknown, but it seems Ticats gave up more than they are gaining. Only time will tell for sure.

      • Not sure what to make of the stats … TSN as well as the CFL site says the only other DL for the Cats only played four games.

        Capicciotti in a down year and alledged to not fit Jones’ system is still good enough for 12th, sorting by tackles and 7th based on sacks. If he fits the defense, he may be able to help.

  4. Like the trade …too bad for Williams but oh well . Please plaster burris to the turf by pile driving him it’s allowed now!I have faith in masoli too .hey drew will Fridays game be on ESPN as I will be in new York and would like to watch the game …happy thanksgiving. Go cats

    • Now Randy – players only get away with hits like that if they play for the Stamps! Any Ticat player would likely be penalized AND fined later!

      As for Williams – I had a feeling that he might have suffered something like an ACL as soon as I saw him being helped from the field. Seemed eerily like Zach last season. Seems that the OTTRBs will again face the Ticats minus our top pivot – second year in a row – not that I don’t have faith in Masoli because I do. Given the way that he lit up their better defense last year in the EDF, maybe they’d prefer to see Collaros! However it’s not to be although I’d really have liked to see one game of a healthy Zach (the replacement) vs Old Hank!

  5. Pussycats // October 10, 2016 at 3:02 pm //

    When you start picking up discards and trade with a bottom dweller like the watermelon heads to fill holes in the line-up, then you know it’s desperation time for the Cats despite their current standing in the futile east.

    Guess their hoping fans continue to fill the seats to see these new guys who likely have a short survival leash anywhere they play. No Collaros, no Tasker, no defense, not much of anything and even less hope. Good luck with that!

    Something other than Burlington Bay is really starting to smell in Hamilton.

    • Don’t forget … the “discard” had a pick six in his last game for the Argos.

      More interestingly, it seems you’d prefer the Cats stand pat with the defense they’ve had for the last fourteen games.

      At least with change, there’s a chance the defense will improve.

  6. As I wrote in the post about the trade, I’m glad to see the OL upgrade but more interested to see whether and how quickly Raymond, Brooks, and Page fit in. Sermons is not a good sub for Murray at SAM LB, and it’s been glaringly obvious that our corners aren’t good enough (especially Vaughn; I think Adams needs more time to show what he can/can’t do)

    The D needs a shakeup and I think this brings one. That will be the key to the rest of our season and potentially the playoffs.

  7. Why do many complain about picking up players from the basement dwellers? In sports, that’s how it’s generally done. You really think the Stamps are looking to deal their talent? The only teams looking to unload would the bottom feeders, and that’s the team KA dealt with. I like the moves.

    • Agreed. Aside from draft picks and un-drafted rookies, and the extremely rare signing of someone who never played football in North America (a la Josh Bartel), every player is some other team’s discard. Sometimes they end up being a good fit.

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