Expect the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to make a few roster tweaks before Monday’s Labour Day Classic, including a new starting boundary corner.
Cassius Vaughn, signed Aug. 17, will take over the spot occupied by Brandon Sermons the last two weeks, becoming the fourth starting boundary corner in the first 10 games of the 2016 season.
The 28-year-old Vaughn played six seasons in the NFL for five different teams, playing in 69 games and making 23 starts. He has seven career interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns.
Listed a 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, the Ticats will be hoping that Vaughn can be the elite cover guy that they’ve been looking for since Delvin Breaux left for the NFL after the 2014 season.
Sermons, who gave up a long touchdown in the loss to Calgary last Sunday, will remain on the roster as a back up and special teams player. Look for defensive lineman Delano Johnson, who has appeared in one game this season, to be added as well (he should be fired up facing his old Argonaut team.)
To make room on the roster, both D.J. Hunter and Will Smith will likely be removed from the active roster. Canadian linebacker Ron Omara will replace the injured Byron Archambault and play exclusively on special teams. Expect defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh and running back Mercer Timmis to be the scratches (same as last week.)
On the Argonauts side, the Toronto Sun is reporting that former Ticats Justin Hickman and Bryan Hall won’t play against their former club on Monday.