Two Ticats quarterbacks miss practice with injury

Remember those red shirt ensigns on Star Trek, the guys who were cannon fodder in any away team? That’s what it’s like to be a boundary corner for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats right now.

The Ticats have burned through three players at that key spot in the defensive backfield so far this season: First, it was Cleshawn Page, who has missed more than a week. Then it was Chase Minnifield, who as having a great camp before suffering a suspected torn Achilles against the Argos on Saturday. Today it was Demond Washington, an off-season free agent pick up from the Bombers who went down in a heap early in practice with what looked, from a distance, like a knee injury. He was carried off the field.

And there’s bad news on the quarterback front, too.

Both Jacory Harris and Jeff Mathews skipped practice today, dealing with yet-to-be-named injuries. Mathews was on the field, sans helmet, but Harris was nowhere to be found. That left Hamilton with just Jeremiah Masoli and Jake Waters to handle the majority of the work on Monday.

Head coach Kent Austin said afterward that’s he’s hopeful both players will be back in time for Friday’s pre-season game against Ottawa,

Other injuries of note: kicker Cody Mandell is dealing with a hip issue – apparently he was a game-time decision on Saturday – and didn’t practice today (you know it’s bad when the kicker is hurt.) Troy Davis, who started camp as the middle linebacker with the first unit, is out long term. Defensive end Delano Johnson also missed practice.

There is some positive news. Brandon Banks was on the field for the first time this training camp and did some work with the first team offence. Centre Mike Filer and defensive tackle Ted Laurent were dressed for practice, though they did not participate in the team session.


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