Ticats Canadian DL Ted Laurent misses practice for second straight day, status for 108th Grey Cup uncertain

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats were without Ted Laurent at practice for the second day in a row Friday.

TSN’s Matthew Scianitti reports Laurent underwent an appendectomy and is doing well.

Hamilton head coach Orlondo Steinauer told the media Laurent’s status for the 108th Grey Cup is still up in the air.

“Totally waiting on the reports, we’re going to exhaust anything we can to let ‘Teddy’ play. We’ll also be prepared if he doesn’t,” said Steinauer.”

A five-time all-star, Laurent has been with the Ticats since 2014. He helped Hamilton get to their second straight Grey Cup appearance this season, adding four tackles in the playoffs as the defensive line for the Tabbies took over both the East Semi-Final against Montreal and East Final against Toronto.

Laurent played in 13 games for the Ticats this season, racking up 14 tackles for the East Division champions. Fellow defensive tackle Dylan Wynn explains what the six-foot-one, 299-pounder means to the unit.

“Ted’s an all-decade player. Ted is an unselfish, amazing man on and off the field. Whoever is up next, we always talk about prepping the guys that come before us and you don’t see that always in professional ball,” Wynn said.

“A lot of older guys will try to preserve their own status by keeping to themselves and Ted is an unselfish person.”

The 33-year-old entered the league with Edmonton in 2011 and has 48 career sacks to go along with 200 tackles.

The Tiger-Cats host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL championship game Sunday at Tim Hortons Field.