Norwood returns to practice, could play Friday for Ticats

Eric Norwood

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats activated defensive end Eric Norwood off the six-game injured list on Tuesday, meaning he could play Friday versus the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Norwood suffered a knee injury against the Montreal Alouettes on Aug. 27 and has missed the last three games.

He also started the season on the injured list after suffering a deep cut to his leg that forced him to miss the first four games.

A 2014 East Division all-star, Norwood is second on the Ticats with five sacks.

His return, should it happen, would come at a good time for the Ticats as they are likely to be without defensive end Adrian Tracy, who suffered a knee injury in last Friday’s loss to Calgary and has missed the last two days of practice.

Centre Mike Filer and guard Ryan Bomben were also limited on Tuesday. Guard Peter Dyakowski practised with the first team offence after hobbling for much of last week. Canadian corner Courtney Stephen, who missed Monday’s session, returned to action.

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Howling winds during last Friday’s Ticat game didn’t just wreak havoc with the kicking and passing game – it laid waste to the goal posts, too.

The uprights in the south end zone were nowhere to be found during Tuesday’s practice as city crews worked to straighten them in time for Friday’s showdown with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Winds gusting to 60 km/h were recorded on Friday as the Ticats fell 23-20.

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