Update from Ticats practice: more roster moves on the way

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will make two key roster changes for their game against the B.C. Lions on Saturday.

American Lamar Holmes will take over at right tackle for the injured Jordan Swindle, who has already been added to the six-game injured list. The 28-year-old Holmes was a third-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2012 and made 19 starts over two seasons. He signed with the Ticats on June 19.

With Will Hill set to miss Saturday’s game due to a suspension for a grabbing and official, Keon Lyn will take over at strong-side linebacker and make his first CFL start. Halfback Abdul Kanneh will miss his third straight game despite practicing a couple of days this week.

The news was better for offensive lineman Mike Filer, who will play despite missing a chunk of Saturday’s loss to Saskatchewan due to injury. The same goes for linebacker Simoni Lawrence, who is also good to go.

For fantasy purposes, the Ticats are not expected to make changes to their receiving corps or at running back against the Lions.

Look for defensive back Aaron Berry to be added to the active roster in place of Chris Davis, who was released this week, while Canadian safety Mike Daly could be out an extended period with a shoulder injury. Fellow national Terrell Davis will return to fill his spot.

With Swindle on the injured list, the Ticats have signed American offensive tackle Quinterrius Eatmon to the practice roster. The 25-year-old attended training camp with the Montreal Alouettes this season and was released on June 17. He also spent time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Ottawa Redblacks in 2016.

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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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30 Comments on Update from Ticats practice: more roster moves on the way

  1. is swindle really hurt, or is he still feeling burnt by the riders d ends.mr horsie would say that Austin is just hiding him on the injured list.

    • Not much need to hide Swindle – not much worth on the free agent or trading block.

  2. Vay Gina // July 13, 2017 at 3:06 pm //

    Swindle is no loss. So much for the TiCats new practice/training regime limiting injuries. Hamilton is probably on track for most man games lost this season. Dr. Levy’s resignation should be coupled with the dismissal of the training staff who obviously cannot keep their players on the field. What a comedy of errors this season is already … Recognize !!!

    • Have you seen the names around the league that other teams are putting on the 6 game injury list? Football is a collision sport and guys get injured. Stop blaming the turf, trainers, doctors and coaches. The team did the best they could to minimize injuries this year but you know what this is football and they are inevitable. The team that wins the cup is the one that best manages there loses throughout the season.

      • Garney. I agree with you completely. Sometimes a Pseudonym tells you all you need to know and saves a waste of time in responding.

  3. When is Craig Butler due Back

    • Vay Gina // July 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm //

      When is Butler, Davis, Kanneh and Fantuz due back ??? Does it matter ?!? The season will soon be lost & their returns will mean squat. Bob Young will surely clean house at the end of the season: starting with Austin & ending with an inept training staff. For 3 years the TiCats have suffered catastrophic injuries – coincidence ??? We think not, someone has to pay the piper for this nonsense. The training staff has to go, if not to serve as a scapegoat & create some perception that somebody is doing something about it as opposed to some goofy training regime that clearly is a waste of time. And to think, the TiCats paid some dude to come up with this silly concept.

  4. solara2000 // July 13, 2017 at 4:12 pm //

    Some team should sign some of the posters to this blog. Not only are they self-professed astute football experts, but also training experts, medical experts, motivational experts and who knows what else – oh yes, public transit experts, ticket sales experts………..

    • Russell Jackson // July 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm //

      Well I’m a fashion expert and if the REDBLACKS wear those hideous all-whites including their ugly coloured road white helmet in Edmonton tonight, I’m going to vomit. Or change the channel before I do.

  5. Jeff May // July 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm //

    I remember the one, two and three-win seasons where we were being saved by players who couldn’t even make it through another’s training camp! So our big turnaround will be from a guy cut by 3 teams in the ladt year. Oh boy!

  6. Lindsay Wilcox // July 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm //

    The best trainers in the world cannot prevent broken bones, torn cartilage, torn ligaments, concussions, or torn muscles. They can help with the prevention and treatment of muscle pulls, bruises, etc. And from around the league a lot of teams have as many, or more, than we do. Butler’s injury was outside of Ticats’ sessions, we know about Fantuz’ injury. And there won’t be any house-cleaning by Bob Young at the end of this season, no matter what. Though of course some would throw the Caretaker under the bus, forgetting he’s the man who saved the Ticats.

    • Jimmy NuSak // July 13, 2017 at 5:37 pm //

      Hey Lindsay, I’m a season-ticket holder, but I don’t think I’m a homer like you. If the TiCats falter this season, and nothing there is nothing happening to suggest they won’t, you think Bob Young should just stand pat ??? Do you know one of the definitions of insanity lady ?!? That is doing the same thing and expecting different results. If changes are not made in TigerTown, why would anyone feel that things will change.

  7. IBLEEDBLACKANDGOLD // July 13, 2017 at 5:38 pm //

    Love my tabbies!! Go Cats Go

  8. Angel 1 // July 13, 2017 at 7:25 pm //

    Let the revolving door of players begin in hamilton….Again!!! How is this team supposed to find continuity and gel when players are constantly getting hurt or being let go and brought in. Oh well looking like another long season for the ticats

  9. What happened to Kevin Elliot?

  10. White Horse // July 13, 2017 at 8:07 pm //

    The biggest loss for the Ticats this season is Steinuer. If you lost Austin also you will be cooked. Remember he is GM, Head Coach and calls offensive plays. Dickenson is only Head Coach and calls plays. Buono is HC and Gm but does not call plays or same with Maas in Edm. Stay positive Cat fans. Austin and Young will fix this thing. As the season progresses the Cats will be in it for the playoffs.

    • Austin is NOT the GM – that would be Tillman. Austin does have the title of VP of Football Ops though along with his HC designation.

      Getting key players back in the secondary (Kanneh, Emanuel Davis, Butler) should help the defense. OL HAS to improve if the offense is going to gain any traction. Maybe Swindle’s replacement Holmes, can be more effective at RT.

  11. I’m watching the Argos vs Bombers and was just thinking… if you gathered all the ex-Ticats currently playing for other CFL teams… you could probably build a team that would beat the 2017 Ticats…

    This team is regressing and not improving… every single team made improvements over 2016 except Ticats… each week we are badly out coached and out played… sadly my prediction is we will fall to last place in the entire CFL… at least we will get 1st pick in the 2018 draft…

    • Sea of Dead // July 14, 2017 at 8:13 am //

      @Snake: You supported this team through a very difficult 2016 campaign providing insightful commentary on how and where the team could improve. I can understand just how disappointed you must feel to see the Cats regressing the way they have and I agree that it would be take a miracle for this team not to finish 9th overall.

      It’s one thing to be a team fan/supporter; It’s another thing to blindly support a team that is in total disarray and likely stuck at the bottom of the standings even at this point in the season. Sadly, some people will just never view this as it really is.

      • So i guess once your team starts losing we should all give up as fans ,i wonder should we join the Argo fan base or just stop watching all together,you know what ill watch every game even if they lose them all,and i view things with hope that we get better feel free to give up ,3true fans will still be here

        • Sea of Dead // July 14, 2017 at 2:52 pm //

          No, for those of you having nothing better to do with your time and enjoy watching BAD football … go for it! Somebody has to pay the bills. I don’t have a problem with a team having a losing record as long as I can see some progress over time. However, this team has gone from one that progressed well for two seasons, became mediocre last year and is now pathetic this year with absolutely no hope in sight because the problems in 2016 were not addressed in 2017.

          If you think that change will come because you have your bum in a seat supporting the team, good luck! I beg to differ … I think change is more likely to come when the seat is empty.

          • Sea of Dead:

            The Cats used to run the club on a low budget because they could only afford talented players for half a season.The Cats thrived by waiting for those NFL cuts because they often had great success in the playoffs and sometimes even made the Cup.

            You know what the dead say,”never give up and play football.” That’s all they ever say!

            Unlike you, Austin can still fix this team and in the CFL anything is possible.

            May the Cats run swiftly and win.

  12. Just watching the argos game wow these ex Hamilton players Austin let go are really playing well …bad gm decisions imo.

    • If you are referring to Sears – he played a GRAND TOTAL of EIGHT games over his 2 years with the Ticats and no playoff games. He was good WHEN he played but spent more time on the IL than on the field. In his best season in Winnipeg he played only 10 games, Give him time and he’ll be sitting on the Argos 6 game IL too.

  13. I love all these couch General Managers and coaches who think they know more about football than the guys running the team lol. The so called revolving door is called the CFL and injuries. Have you so called GMs not see all the signings this week by other teams. Also so what if a guy has been on two or three teams in this league if that was the deciding factor on how good a player was most of the guys in the would all fit in that category.

  14. Jeff May // July 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm //

    I have stopped panicking. Luckily the team isn’t. As far as seeing it for what it really is, what would you call a 1 and 6 team. They ended up in first and narrowly lost the GC. Still largely the same close-knit core. Shame on us for doubting this team, our 17 GC champs!
    2017: the Year of the Cats!!!

  15. Paul Brothers // July 14, 2017 at 5:06 pm //

    Lions vs Pussycats QB’s from Ohio duel on Saturday: my gut tells me the youngster from Westerville will be schooling the veteran from Steubenville. Unless Austin wakes from his coma and starts Masoli instead.

  16. Make Ticats great again because at my age I’m running out of time!!

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