‘Something came up’ during Bralon Addison’s physical examination for Ticats training camp

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are allowing offensive weapon Bralon Addison the time he needs to be 100 percent healthy prior to taking the field.

While going through his physical examination for training camp, the Ticats medical staff noticed an issue with Addison.

“Something came up when he was checking in and rather than push through it and see, we just have him doing things behind the scenes — riding the bike, jogging, doing drills with our strength and conditioning coach. Bralon hasn’t been on the field. We’re taking our time with Bralon,” head coach Orlondo Steinauer said in a video conference.

In December, Addison signed a two-year contract extension with the Ticats through the 2022 season. The 27-year-old playmaker was named a CFL all-star in 2019 after recording 95 receptions for 1,236 yards and seven touchdowns. 

“We don’t see any need to put him out there in drills right now. There is no huge concern, it definitely is take your time,” Steinauer said.

“Everybody knows where he’s going to be, but you do gotta get out there and run around a little bit. We’ll revisit this in a week and talk about it at that point.”

Prior to returning to Hamilton, Addison spent time with the Minnesota Vikings in 2020. The University of Oregon product was originally signed as an undrafted NFL free agent by the Denver Broncos in 2016 before joining the Chicago Bears later that season. He suited up in two games with the Bears, posting one catch for 11 yards and one rushing attempt for four yards.

Addison has been used in a variety of ways by Ticats offensive coordinator Tommy Condell. It led to Addison being recognized as a league all-star for the first time in his career. He was a key piece of an explosive Hamilton offence which led the league in scoring — 551 points — last season and helped the Tiger-Cats set a single-season franchise record with 15 wins.