Train­ing camp is a numbers game

CFL team adds two vet­eran play­ers to the ‘re­tired’ list

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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.

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