Riders acquire QB Antonio Pipkin from Ticats in exchange for Global punter Kaare Vedvik

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have traded Global punter Kaare Vedvik to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in exchange for quarterback Antonio Pipkin.

Saskatchewan lost franchise quarterback Trevor Harris to a potentially season-ending tibial plateau fracture in Week 6. Backup Mason Fine went down with a hamstring pull last week and could miss two to three weeks, leaving just Jake Dolegala and Shea Patterson as healthy quarterbacks on the roster.

Pipkin signed with the Tiger-Cats on July 18, dressing for two games as a backup. The 27-year-old has played 29 career CFL games over five seasons with the Montreal Alouettes, Edmonton Football Team, Toronto Argonauts, B.C. Lions, and Ticats, completing 54.2 percent of his passes for 1,846 yards, six touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He has also recorded 128 carries for 586 yards and 21 touchdowns.

The six-foot-three, 225-pound passer most recently played for the Lions in 2022, throwing for 393 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception along with 43 carries for 137 yards and seven touchdowns.

The native of Gary, Ind. attended Tiffin University in Ohio and broke every major passing record for the program. He racked up over 10,000 passing yards and threw for 88 touchdowns over 44 career games. He also contributed along the ground with over 2,000 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns.

Vedvik was selected by the Riders in the second round of the 2021 CFL Global Draft and took over the team’s top punting job later that season. In 22 career CFL games, the Norwegian specialist has punted 135 times for 6,048 yards, averaging 44.8 yards per kick.

The 29-year-old has spent the duration of the 2023 season on the injured list after losing the top job to Australian rookie Adam Korsak in the preseason. The Auburn product previously spent parts of four seasons in the NFL with eight different franchises, primarily serving as a field goal kicker.

The Tiger-Cats (3-5) will open Week 11 of the CFL season on Thursday, August 17 against the Edmonton Elks (0-9), while the Roughriders (4-5) will host the B.C. Lions (7-2) on Sunday, August 20.