As Drew say the Ticats having problems just trying to maintain the Canadian ratio.
It’s not just who’s injured, it’s where they’re from.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have been decimated by injuries the last few weeks, not only robbing them of some significant talent but severely impacting their Canadian depth. In a league where national players make up nearly half the roster – including seven starters – that poses a serious challenge heading into Monday’s key Labour Day match up with the Argonauts.
The Ticats added four players to the six-game injured list on Tuesday. American defensive end Eric Norwood and defensive back Johnny Sears as well as Canadian safety Mike Daly and linebacker Byron Archambault. Norwood, Sears and Daly all started last week in the loss to Montreal while Archambault is a key special teams contributor.
It gets worse. Two starting Canadian offensive lineman, guards Peter Dyakowski and Ryan Bomben, missed practice on Tuesday, as did national punter Hugh O’Neill. The team’s other starting defensive end, Justin Hickman, and another Canadian special teamer (Beau Landry) also sat out.
Nor do reinforcements appear to be on the way: running backs C.J. Gable and Anthony Woodson, as well as receivers Andy Fantuz and Bakari Grant still aren’t practicing.
For the moment, the Ticats do not appear to be changing their ratio. Veteran Tim O’Neill and Landon Rice were at the guard spots on Tuesday, while Craig Butler was back at his usual spot at safety.
At defensive end, Adrian Tracy was in for Norwood while Canadian Arnaud Gascon-
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