Ticats get boost with return of Canadian safety Courtney Stephen

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats held day two of practice on Thursday after closing Wednesday’s session to the public and media.

The most significant news is the return of Canadian safety Courtney Stephen, who missed the last six games with a knee injury. He has a pair of interceptions this season and, despite his absence, is tied sixth on the team in tackles with 38.

The Ticats are also expected to make a ratio change along the offensive line with rookie Canadian Brandon Revenberg making his seventh start of the season and second at right tackle. American Terrence Campbell, who made six starts at right tackle this season, was added to the practice roster on Wednesday.

By adding Revenberg and Stephen, the Ticats will gain ratio flexibility on both sides of the football. Look for the team to dress four American receivers instead of the usual three, a virtual necessity with injuries to Canadian starters Andy Fantuz and Mike Jones. Hamilton will also line up with an American defensive tackle – they’ve used two Canadians recently – with international Drake Nevis lining up beside all-star Ted Laurent.

Despite Stephen’s return, Hamilton’s injury list remains extensive. Receiver Luke Tasker as well as defensive backs Johnny Sears, Rico Murray and Johnny Adams did not practice on Wednesday are not expected to beready in time for Sunday’s East Semi-Final against Edmonton.

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