Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ QB Bo Levi Mitchell to start vs. Redblacks

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will have their franchise quarterback back in the lineup when they take on the Ottawa Redblacks on Friday.

Bo Levi Mitchell has been officially listed as the team’s starter after missing the past four games with an adductor injury suffered in Week 2. The veteran passer was originally placed on the six-game injured list but was activated early to practice this week.

The 33-year-old signed a three-year contract with the Ticats this offseason after the team acquired his rights in a trade with the Calgary Stampeders. He is scheduled to make $502,000 in hard money this year, making him the second-highest-paid quarterback in the league.

In 10 seasons with the Stampeders, Mitchell threw for 32,541 yards with 188 touchdowns and 89 interceptions while winning a pair of Most Outstanding Player awards and two Grey Cups. In two games for Hamilton, the native of Katy, Texas completed 57.9 percent of his passes this season for 358 yards, one touchdown, and four interceptions.

The Ticats had been forced to shuffle the deck at quarterback in Mitchell’s absence. He was initially replaced by Matthew Shiltz, who subsequently suffered a hip injury in Week 6. That led to rookie Taylor Powell making his first career start this past week in a 31-15 loss to the Argos.

Powell will now serve as the primary backup, with Kai Locksley as the team’s third-stringer. Newcomer Antonio Pipkin has been placed on the practice roster.

Mitchell’s return will be accompanied by some changes up front, as starting right tackle Tyrone Riley has been placed on the six-game injured list and veteran Canadian Chris Van Zeyl ruled out for non-football-related reasons. Rookie Kendrick Sartor will draw into the lineup as the starter, while Noah Zerr will be active as the seventh offensive lineman.

A trio of key depth contributors have been activated after beginning the year on the injured list. Canadian running back Sean Thomas-Erlington (hamstring) will backup James Butler, while American linebacker Vosean Joseph (shoulder) and defensive end Cedric Wilcots II (ankle) are expected to immediately factor into the rotation.

Elsewhere, cornerback and kick returner Lawrence Woods and Global defensive tackle Chris Mulumba have both been demoted to the practice roster. Canadian linebacker Fraser Sopik has been placed on the six-game injured list.

The Ticats (2-4) will visit the Redblacks (3-3) on Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. They are currently underdogs.

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