Ticats hold first practice of the season at Tim Hortons Field

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The Ticats are practicing at Tim Hortons Field for the first time this season and the team has moved into the facility permanently. The facility is still under the control of the Pan Am Games for a few days and there’s plenty of activity as workers take down the PanAm signage and restore the Tim Hortons and Ticats’ branding. There is still some work to be done to finish a few things…

Hamilton has added international kicker Sergio Castillo, who played in one pre-season game with the Atlanta Falcons last season after a career at West Texas A&M. Current Ticat place kicker Justin Medlock and punter Hugh O’Neill are healthy and I don’t think there are concerns surrounding their recent performance so it’s possible that the Ticats just want to get a look at Castillo, who was likely on their negotiation list.

The Ticats are getting healthy: Canadian defensive tackle Ted Laurent, receiver Luke Tasker, defensive end Eric Norwood and linebacker Frederic Plesius are all practicing fully today and, based on what I saw at practice today, are likely to play Monday versus Toronto. The Ticats also appear to have gotten through last Sunday’s win versus the Riders with no significant injuries.

This happened yesterday but is still worth mentioning… the league fined Brandon Banks for his late hit near the goal line in the game versus Saskatchewan. In addition to the fine for Banks, the penalty cost the team 15 yards and, quite likely, four points… which could have been devastating, given that the Ticats trailed at the time.

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