Hamilton Tiger-Cats to rest James Butler in regular season finale against Alouettes

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will sit veteran running back James Butler for their meaningless regular season finale against the Montreal Alouettes.

The third-year ball-carrier has rushed for 1,116 yards and seven touchdowns and made 61 receptions for 527 yards and one touchdown this season, becoming the first Tiger-Cats’ running back to reach the 1,000-yard milestone since 2010. He will be replaced by Tayon Fleet-Davis, who is dressing for his first career CFL games.

Other veterans who won’t dress for the Ticats on Saturday include Matthew Shiltz, Tim White, Casey Sayles, Malik Carney, and Richard Leonard. Derel Walker will start for White, Jamal Davis II will replace Carney, Jarrod Hewitt will play in place of Sayles, and David Vereen will replace Richard Leonard.

Bo Levi Mitchell has been listed as the team’s starting quarterback with Taylor Powell as his backup. Powell has sat out the past two games with Mitchell and Shiltz sharing the quarterback duties, though he started nine games earlier this season, posting a 4-5 record.

The Ticats have gone 0-2 against Montreal this season and will see the club again next week in the East Semi-Final at Percival Molson Stadium. The two teams met in last season’s East Semi-Final with the Alouettes coming out victorious by a score of 28-17.

The Ticats (8-9) will visit the Montreal Alouettes (10-7) on Saturday, Oct. 28 with kickoff slated for 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Courtesy: Hamilton Tiger-Cats