Update from Ticats practice: ratio issues need solving

Day three of practice and so we can get a sense of how Hamilton will handle its ratio issues going into Friday’s crucial match up against the Ottawa Redblacks.

Some quick thoughts:

• despite the absence of Ted Laurent (who didn’t practice again on Wednesday), Mike Atkinson (who is on the six-game) and Evan Gill (gone with a suspected Achilles injury) the Ticats look like they still plan to start a Canadian defensive tackle: rookie Justin Vaughn.

• the Ticats do not have another healthy Canadian defensive tackle available so if Vaughn gets hurt at any point, they’ll have to make a ratio change elsewhere. My guess: they’ll use national Mercer Timmis at running back or go to two Canadian receivers.

• speaking of which, I think it’s possible that we’ll see Felix Faubert-Lussier supplant Mike Jones as the starting Canadian receiver. Jones has had issues hanging on to the football the last few weeks. The team could dress three national wideouts: Faubert-Lussier, Jones and Giovanni Aprile.

• linebacker Simoni Lawrence practiced Wednesday after missing Tuesday with what coach Kent Austin called a “maintenance day” and I think it’s likely he’ll play.

• the offensive line looks unchanged from last week, though Xavier Fulton was getting some reps at left tackle with the first team. Don’t know if there’s a decision to be made between him and Lamar Holmes or if he’s just getting some work in.

• looks like both Demond Washington and Emanuel Davis will play in the secondary this week. Washington has been battling knee issues while Davis caught food poisoning before last week’s game after missing the first six weeks with a lower body issue.

• in former Ticat news, New Orleans Saints defensive back Delvin Breaux has been diagnosed with a broken fibula and will miss four-to-six weeks. The injury was reportedly mis-diagnosed as a bone bruise and the Saints have fired two members of their medical staff as a result.

• Angelo Mosca is at practice today. I’d ask him for his take on this 0-7 team but I write for a family newspaper and I suspect his quotes would be all but unusable.

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