Update from Ticats practice: the kickers are here

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have signed American kicker  Kenny Allen to replace the injured Sergio Castillo, who was placed on the six-game injured list on Monday. 

And Canadian Brett Lauther, who kicked for the team in 2013 and 2014, is in town as well.

The 23-year-old Allen played in 32 games over four years at the University of Michigan from 2013 to 2016 and performed all three jobs at various times during his stint in Ann Arbour. He made 37-of-45  of his field goals (82.2 per cent) and punted 56 times for 2,448 yards (43.7 yards per punt) .

He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in May 5 and played in four preseason games with the Ravens, punting 13 times for 593 yards (45.6 yards per punt.) He was released on Sept. 1.

Allen was on the field at Monday’s practice and punted the ball, booting several balls in excess of 50 yards. Like many American kickers, he has a high ball flight though his directional kicking – often a trouble spot for newcomers – looked decent in the early going.

As for Lauther, who has bounced around the CFL without getting much by the way of playing time since leaving Hamilton after the 2014 season, he showed up on a social media post from linebacker Simoni Lawrence.

Lauther has not been added to the roster at this point.

In other practice news, centre Mike Filer, who suffered a foot injury against Winnipeg, was absent on Monday as was defensive back / linebacker Abdul Kanneh, who was excused. Brandon Revenberg took the reps at centre with the first team with Landon Rice sliding in at left guard.

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