Ticats Andy Fantuz set to return this weekend against Argos

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Canadian receiver Andy Fantuz practiced with the first team offence for the third straight day and it’s expected he’ll be in the line up for Saturday’s game against the Toronto Argonauts.

It will Fantuz’s first game since Oct. 28, 2016 when  he tore his ACL while cutting on a pass pattern during a loss to Edmonton. He had 101 receptions through 17 games, shattering his own personal high of 87, set in 2010 and had reached the 1,000-yard mark (1,059) for just the second time in his 11-year career.

“He’s looking decent, he’ll end up playing,” head coach Junes Jones said after Thursday’s practice.

The 33-year-old Fantuz served as a Ticat assistant coach while rehabbing his injury.

The Ticats had initially targeted next week as a return date but Fantuz has been able to accelerate the timetable. He said earlier this week that if the knee responded well as he ramped up his workload, he would like to start in Saturday’s key divisional match up.

In other injury news, it looks like defensive back Abdul Kanneh will be in the line up this week after playing just 30 minutes this season due to injury issues. Canadian defensive tackle Mike Atkinson could also return, giving the Ticats some much-needed ratio depth.

At running back, it looks like C.J. Gable will return to his starting role despite the strong performance (140 yards on 13 carries) by Alex Green in the win over B.C. last week. Green took some reps with the first unit as well, however, so that decision may not be set in stone.

There’s also no sign of defensive back Richard Leonard, whose girlfriend Tiana gave birth to a baby girl this week. He is supposed to return in time for Saturday’s game, however.

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