Ticats receiver Andy Fantuz set to return ‘in a week or so’

Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Andy Fantuz is on the verge of returning to the field as a player according to head coach June Jones.

“It’s not this week but maybe in a week or so,” Jones said Wednesday. “He’s running full speed but he hasn’t had any contact or anybody around him yet but he’s looking pretty good.”

Fantuz was enjoying a spectacular 2016 campaign when he tore his ACL while cutting on a pass pattern during a loss to Edmonton on Oct. 28. With 101 receptions through 17 games he had shattered his own personal high (87, set in 2010) and had reached the 1,000-yard mark (1,059) for just the second time in his 11-year career. He was the first Ticat receiver to record 100 or more receptions, breaking the club mark of 98 co-held by Darren Flutie.

The 33-year-old Fantuz has been serving as a Ticat assistant coach while rehabbing his injury.

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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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31 Comments on Ticats receiver Andy Fantuz set to return ‘in a week or so’

  1. I really hope this isn’t a rushed decision due to their ratio issue. Slim chances at making playoffs, is it worth the rush?

    • SJ Green returned to playing in just under a year (not including participation in training camp) from an injury worse than Andy’s and hasn’t lost a step. Andy wants to play and always planned to return to the team this season.

      • yes apples and oranges are always a good argument …for what this means research the differences between the two

  2. Beth Dalley // September 6, 2017 at 2:42 pm //

    Hes got the same injury that Zack had..you cant rush it

    • what point in playing for Team that 1-8 ask to be Traded to calgary to get a ring

      • Puzzled Cat Fan // September 6, 2017 at 6:04 pm //

        Calgary has injuries at receiver to the point of trading for an older receiver that may need some time to get back his form?

        I don’t think Calgary has built their consistent, high level of play by making this type of trade.

  3. White Horse // September 6, 2017 at 3:12 pm //

    This is good news for Andy and the Ticats. I think it is prudent to be targeting these NFL cuts ASAP.

  4. Truthfully what does Andy have to go back too. A team that has won 1 game in 9 attempts. A team that has come undone at the seams.
    If I was Andys Agent I would suggest to Andy to keep rehabbing and work the front office the remainder of the year.

    • Puzzled Cat Fan // September 6, 2017 at 6:05 pm //

      Likely depends on whether he wants to play as well as get ready for next year.

    • obviously you have never been a part of a team before if you have to make that ridiculous comment…teammates support each other and if they can play they do no matter what

  5. That’s what is needed badly a big body FINALLY

  6. A little known concept ,held only, by hardened Canadian football pundits,reveals that Andy Fantuz is the most outstanding receiver in Canada.Look what happened to Tasker(Robin)without his teammate Fantuz (Batman).Or what happened to the Cat’s Super Team? What happened to Kent(Superman)? …Answer: absence of Fantuz.


    • I wouldn’t go as far to say that he “is the most outstanding receiver in Canada” let’s not get carried away here.
      He’s a good dependable Canadian receiver, if he was an international, he would have been cut.

      • Puzzled Cats Fan // September 7, 2017 at 9:56 am //

        It’s hard to agree that a receiver on the shelf that is working his way back from injury is “most outstanding receiver in Canada”.

        OTOH, he has been clutch getting open to make second down catches to move the chains so I doubt he’d be cut as an international. AFAICT, most teams are looking for this sort of player.

        Lewis is now similar to Fantuz IMO yet he doesn’t seem to have any trouble staying employed and keeping from being replaced by a younger player.

    • so we are using an American comparison to the so called best Canadian REC?

      pretty lazy

  7. RalphInTheCreek // September 6, 2017 at 4:08 pm //

    You can bet Luke will be happy to see Andy back.

  8. Butler out, Fantuz in. Two young talents going in opposite directions.

    I wish them both well.

  9. Haha not sure a 33 yr old receiver is young Paul. Cantu won’t last the season and will retire to the Front office fpr good.

  10. Stupid autocorrect…Fantuz…not Cantu lol

  11. If he’s ready then welcome back Andy!

  12. Andy is a football player. I am sure he can’t wait to get back on the field…even if the team is 1-8….love it…bet his team mates can’t wait for him to be back either…this is what is lacking on the offence…will take the heat off of Tasker for sure. Can’t wait…With the East being as bad as they are..(all below 500) anything can still happen..

    • Now is the time for Andy. He will be 34 in December and time is a cruel master. Much like a playoff game, there’s no sense saving it for later.

  13. Will be nice to see him playing again. Despite losing Toliver so early in the year, I think the impact of missing Fantuz was larger. Not only did his presence help open things up for Tasker and others, but he was the most reliable outlet for those drive extending first downs because he was smart about going right where the QB could find him for the yardage, and could make the catch even in tight coverage or while being hit.

    His presence changes a lot in the Ticat offense.

  14. Another important point he’s Canadian.

  15. Kent Austin was asked,”if Fantuz would deserve the best Canadian award for the east.”
    Austin replied,” Andy would be deserving of any reward he received.”
    Simple but powerful comment from the boss.

    • Correction:award

    • Doesn’t make sense at all.
      Fantuz is a good dependable Canadian receiver but he’s no Brad Sinopoli

      • Puzzled Cats Fan // September 7, 2017 at 2:32 pm //

        I’d have said they are similar … though Sinopoli’s time as QB cuts down on the receiving numbers, making it harder to compare.

        Sinopoli is pulling ahead due to this year’s injury time but when one looks at the totals from 2013 to 2017 for catches, yards and TDs where both were playing receiver.

        Sinopoli … 296 – 3431 – 12
        Fantuz … 270 – 3026 – 13

        Keep in mind that in 2016, despite Fantuz being injured the comparison is

        Sinopoli … 90 – 1036 – 4
        Fantuz … 101 – 1059 – 5

        That’s despite Fantuz being older, having played receiver for an additional seven years compared to Sinopoli. Or being in the pros five years before Sinopoli turned pro.

        It is interesting the similarities as Sinopoli was thrown to sparingly in Calgary, giving Fantuz a 2x or better edge for those two years. Injuries make Sinopoli the winner in 2015 by a bit more than 2x and in 2017 (i.e. two years).

        Seems pretty even to me.

  16. Dundas dude // September 6, 2017 at 11:09 pm //

    Will be great to see Willie Quinn in the mix…looks like a potential continuation of the Thigpen, Williams, Banks explosive return guys. Given the rest of the struggling East, this season isn’t over. Odds aren’t good, but this is the CFL, where anything can happen.

  17. Wow, imagine that…a TC HC who is actually TRUTHFUL regarding what is actually going on with the team. You give it JJ, only been here a month but already I see vast improvement.

  18. RalphInTheCreek // September 7, 2017 at 12:47 pm //

    Andy can’t afford to lose a step or he’d be in reverse….Just joking. He’s one of the best.

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