The Ticats practiced Thursday for a third and final time before this weekend’s clash against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The injury news has not improved.
Hamilton is already without receiver Chad Owen, safety Courtney Stephen, running back Ross Schuerman and guard Peter Dyakowski. But the bubble players – running back C.J. Gable and receiver Luke Tasker – missed their third straight day while another starting receiver, Terrence Toliver, missed Thursday’s session. He’s now missed two of three on-field sessions this week.
With Owens, Tasker and Toliver all potentially down, look for John Chiles and Junior Collins – who practiced Thursday after missing Wednesday – to play Saturday with Brandon Banks getting extra time on offence.
On the plus side, the defensive unit looks intact with linebacker Simoni Lawrence practicing for the second straight day.
If Tasker is indeed out – and don’t expect head coach Kent Austin to confirm it today– Andy Fantuz will likely serve as the holder for Brett Maher on field goals. Fantuz has experience with the role – he held for Luca Congi in both Saskatchewan and Hamilton – but hasn’t held for Maher.
The Ticats also practiced with noise at practice this week, the first time they’ve done that this season.
The team also announced the signing of American receiver Gavin Lutman to the team’s practice roster.
Lutman, 25, spent time with the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans during the 2015 season but did not play. The 6-2, 211-pound wide receiver was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Minnesota on May 6, 2015.
He spent five years (2010-14) at Pittsburg State University, playing in 45 games and registering 130 receptions for 2,068 yards and 18 touchdowns.