Training camp is a numbers game
CFL team adds two veteran players to the ‘retired’ list
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have added two veteran players to the retired list.
American defensive back Demond Washington and Canadian defensive end Justin Capicciotti are dealing with injury issues suffered prior to training camp, but it’s possible both could show up at some point before the start of the season. By placing the pair on the retired list, the Ticats can use the roster spots, which are limited to 75 players (plus non-counters) during training camp until they return.
The team did not announce the moves, but they appeared on the CFL transactions page Sunday night.
Players aren’t paid during training camp so there are no financial or cap consequences. There is, however, a limit in the number of transactions each team can perform during training camp, a rule that was added in 2012.
Washington suffered an ACL tear during training camp last season, after signing as a free agent last February, and missed the entire 2016 campaign. Prior to that, he spent four seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Capicciotti was acquired by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Oct. 10, 2016, along with offensive lineman Xavier Fulton, in exchange for defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh, wide receiver Tommy Streeter, and fourth- and seventh-round selections in the 2017 CFL Draft. He appeared in four games last season.
Canadian defensive back Mike Daly has been added to the veterans’ injured-exempt list, which allows him to attend training camp while he rehabs from an injury he suffered in training this winter.