Update from Ticats practice: It’s hot in here

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are back on the practice field for the first time since destroying the Montreal Alouettes last Friday. Here’s what we know…

• it’s 29 feels like 37 in Hamilton and the playing surface at Tim Hortons Field is even hotter. Yet somehow quarterback Jeremiah Masoli is wearing a black long sleeve hoodie under his gold practice jersey….

• there are some injuries to report. Defensive end Adrian Tracy, Canadian defensive linemen Justin Vaughn and Connor McGough, national linebacker Nick Shortill are all not practicing. Neither is return man and reserve defensive back Frankie Williams.

• it looks like Vaughn, who was injured late in the win on Friday, will be out for awhile: the team put him on the six-game injured list and activated 2018 draft pick Brett Wade.

• to make up for the absence of Shortill, the Ticats signed national linebacker Dillon Grondin to the practice roster. He played 15 games for Saskatchewan from 2016 to 2017 making one defensive tackle and six special teams tackles.

• losing quality Canadians is always tough because they are essentially impossible to replace. Vaughn is a valuable depth piece behind Ted Laurent while Shortill and McGough are big special teams contributors.

• if Tracy can’t go, look for Julian Howsare to get the start at end (12 tackles and one sack in six games this season.)

• if Williams is out, punt return duties could be handled by Brandon Banks or Chris Williams, both former winners of the CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player award who are now primarily receivers. Jalen Saunders returned punts in the NFL. In other words, lots of options.

• meanwhile in Winnipeg, where the Ticats will play on Friday…

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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8 Comments on Update from Ticats practice: It’s hot in here

  1. SO happy you’ve been writing these articles this year thank you Drew!!

  2. CFL nation on average even in January has good 6 articles a day and that’s a slowest days

  3. This season is the first that I can remember that it did not seem like the Ticats were overwhelmed by injuries from the beginning of the season onward. Jones must be doing something different than Austin or just having better luck.

  4. Good article Drew. I think this may be your best practice report

  5. Freelasagahunter // August 6, 2018 at 1:37 pm //

    Great article. Don’t tell us nature or severity of injuries or if they’re just absences.

    Article could have been written by anyone attending practice and can read a press release.

    • Drew can’t report the nature of severity of the injuries if that information isn’t given in the presser. Coaches – even Jones – and generally not expansive about injuries to the players. Judging by the way Vaughn left the field late in the game I’m guessing a broken arm or possibly shoulder injury. Since we just got Tracy back from injury, hope that it’s nothing serious for him. Same goes for Shorthill and McGough although adding a national LB doesn’t make it seem like Shorthill will be playing too soon. tough to lose that many national players in one game.

  6. Katmandu // August 6, 2018 at 1:38 pm //

    The number of Ticat wins this season with Adrian Tracy out of the lineup: Zero.

  7. Stu Cats // August 6, 2018 at 7:06 pm //

    If Tracy is out for a while then it’s time for Westerman to play more & i really like Howsare, great motor & he reminds me a little of Garrett McIntyre.

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