Steinauer: DeVier Posey is a ‘long shot’ for Week 1 against Bombers

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It sounds like the Hamilton Tiger-Cats could be without one of their star receivers for the start of the regular season.

“I think (DeVier) Posey would be a long shot for Week 1,” said head coach Orlondo Steinauer in a videoconference. “I wouldn’t rule him out because we just haven’t done that, but I think he would be a long shot for Week 1 in Winnipeg.”

Steinauer declined to reveal the nature of Posey’s injury, though he committed to doing so when the information is required by the league.

The 31-year-old is in his first training camp with the Ticats after initially signing with the team as a free agent in February 2020.

The six-foot-two, 210-pound native of Redwood City, Calif. has appeared in 36 career CFL games over four seasons with the Toronto Argonauts (2016-2017), B.C. Lions (2018), and Montreal Alouettes (2019), making 144 receptions for 2,080 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Steinauer also provided an update on Bralon Addison, who has not practiced for the majority of training camp.

“That’s really not a coach’s decision at this point,” said Steinauer. “It’ll be a little more of a medical decision. I would not rule him out by any means for Week 1 at this point in time. I’ll be able to give you a more accurate response maybe the weekend or the start of the week for sure.”

Addison was a CFL all-star in 2019 after making 95 receptions for 1,236 yards and seven touchdowns as well as 36 carries for 218 yards and one score.

The 27-year-old native of Missouri City, Texas signed with the Minnesota Vikings in January 2020 but was released in August. He signed a two-year contract with the Ticats in December, tying him to Hamilton through 2022.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.