As all other CFL teams, the Als will have to reduce their current active roster to 46, by no later than 22:00 hours Saturday; presently, there are 76 players,i.e. 42 Int. and 34 Nat. on the roster. A total of 30 cuts/moves will have to be made. While I don't expect the final decisions to be made public before late Saturday or Sunday morning, I nevertheless expect the bulk of the cuts/moves to be announced within the next 8 to 12 hours. The following players should be released within the next 8 to 12 hours:
Int. DL Chris Baker.
Int. K Drew Basil.
Nat. FB Jean-Samuel Blanc.
Int. WR Johnathan Bryant.
Int. OL Pierce Burton.
Int. LB Avery Cunningham.
Int. CB Jonathan Hefney.
Int. WR Chandler Jones.
Int. WR Julian Jones.
Nat. DT Jesse Joseph.
Int. LB Darrin Kitchens.
Int. OL William Latu.
Nat. OL Quinn Lawlor.
Nat. DT Asante Mizam.
Nat. FB MacKenzie Sarro.
Some of these above players will be added to the practice roster. Should be made official Sunday or Monday.
The following players,either today or Saturday, will/could be added to 1 game or 6 games injured lists:
Nat. DB/LB Chris Ackie.
Int. DL Markell Carter.
Nat. T Simon Légaré.
Nat. DB Andrew Lue.
Int. WR/KR James Rodgers.
Assuming that these moves are made, the active roster would then be down to 56 players,i.e. 30 Int. and 26 Nat. The toughest remaining decisions will be about:
QB's Who will be number 3? Brandon Bridge or Rakeem Cato. They can't release 1 of these 2. 1 on injury list?
Int. RB's Who will join Stefan Logan as the other RB. Brandon Rutley or Tyrell Sutton or Brandon Whitaker.
Int. WR's Who will join S.J. Green,Nik Lewis and Fred Stamps as four Int. WR? Dobson Collins or Cody Hoffman.
Int. DB's Who will join Jerald Brown, Billy Parker, Geoff Tisdale and Mitchell White as the fifth Int. DB? Cliff Coleman,or Dominique Ellis or Terry Johnson.
Nat. players. 5 of these players, a max. of 2 WR's and a max. of 2 RB/FB, should be on the active roster: RB Jean-Christophe Beaulieu, OL James Bodanis,WR Alex Charette, WR Mikhail Davidson,G Jake Piotrowski, RB Carl Volny and LS/FB Jerod Zaleski.
If Nat. DB/LB Cris Ackie and Nat. DB Andrew Lue are on the injured list, Nat. DB Anthony Coady should be on the active roster.
With the injury to Kyries Hebert, I now say that Int. K Boris Bede will be on the active roster.
The next 8 to 36 hours will be interesting for some players but no as such for other. Good luck to all of them.