And now the real stuff begins. On Saturday, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats released 14 players to start a week of practices leading up to the Canadian Football League’s 2006 season openers on June 16.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Argonauts renew their rivalry in Toronto at the Rogers Centre (3 pm ET) on Saturday.
Let go by the Ticats less than 24 hours after their second preseason win, 21-11, over the Toronto Argonauts were:
Defensive backs Imokhai Atogwe, of Windsor, signed as a free agent in 2005 after playing with Edmonton Eskimos in 2004; and Greg Bearman, of Richmond, B.C, taken in the fourth round of the Ottawa Renegades dispersal draft; defensive linemen Troy Cunningham, of Mallorytown, Ont., signed as free agent after playing with B.C. Lions in 2004; and Shawn Mayne, of Montreal, a third-round pick this year out of the University of Connecticut; sophomore slotback Iain Fleming, of Toronto, played with the Cats last season after being selected in the fifth round (41st overall) in the 2005 college draft out of Queen’s.
Defensive back Rod Babers, who was with the National Football League’s Detroit Lions and visited the camps of Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos before trying out the Arena Football League then signing with Cats as free agent; wide receivers DaVon Fowlkes, of Fort Wayne, Michigan and played his college ball with Appalachian State; and Talman Gardner, signed as a free agent from the NFL New Orleans Saints; rookie quarterback Pat Josten of Irvine, California, played for Chapman College; defensive lineman Steve Josue of who played with Green Bay and Baltimore Ravens where he was released and signed as a free agent by the Tabbies; offensive lineman Jimmy Kosienski, of New York, and played his college ball at Tulane; linebacker Torrance Marshall , of Miami and played his college ball at Tulane University; defensive lineman Claude Sanders of San Diego, and rookie Rob Schroeder of East Rochester, N.Y. and who played at the University of Buffalo.
Added to the Cats injured list were Sandy Beveridge (DB), Pascal Cheron (OL), Anthony Davis (RB), Gilles Lezi (RB); and Jamal Powell (OL).
CFL teams had until 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday to reduce their rosters to the league-mandated 42 players (20 Canadians, 19 imports, three quarterbacks). Clubs can also carry four players on a reserve list who still receive their full salary but don’t dress for games.
Playing on Friday are Winnipeg in Montreal to face the Alouettes and the Saskatchewan Roughriders are at B.C. Place to meet the B.C. Lions. On Saturday, Edmonton travels to McMahon Stadium to play the Calgary Stampeders.