Hamilton Tiger-Cats activate Canadian OL Chris Van Zeyl, sign one

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have activated Canadian offensive lineman Chris Van Zeyl from the injured veteran list and signed American defensive tackle Ellison Hubbard.

Van Zeyl has dressed for 186 career CFL games since being selected in the third round of the 2007 CFL Draft by the Montreal Alouettes.

He joined the Toronto Argonauts as a free agent in 2008 where he was converted from the defensive line to the offensive line. He dressed for 156 games over 11 seasons with the club before being released in May 2019 in a cap-saving move.

Van Zeyl signed with Hamilton the same day he was released by the Argos and has started 30 games over the past three seasons, though he has dressed for only 13 contests over the past two years due to injury.

The 39-year-old native of Fonthill, Ont. is the CFL’s oldest player. He has been named an East Division all-star seven times and a CFL all-star three times over the course of long career. He was also named the league’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman as a member of the Ticats in 2019.

Hubbard played most recently at Sam Houston State in 2022 where he made 15 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and one fumble recovery. The six-foot-two, 285-pound native of Loganville, Ga. started his collegiate career at Colorado State University where he played 41 games over four seasons and recorded 93 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 quarterback sacks, and one pass knockdown.

The Ticats also announced that American receiver Anthony Johnson and American defensive end Cedric Wilcots have been added to the six-game injured list.

Johnson dressed for five games last season and made 13 receptions for 250 yards and one touchdown, while Wilcots made two tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble over four games after being acquired via trade from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.