Tiger-Cats Game Day

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The sto­ry­line for Hamil­ton: The sea­son-open­ing loss to Toronto ex­posed some early weak­nesses and a road win in a chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment would go a long way to calm­ing the con­cerns sur­round­ing Kent Austin’s squad. And it doesn’t get any eas­ier: the Ti­cats face tough West Di­vi­sion op­po­nents the next four weeks.

Key in­juries and ros­ter changes: Vet­eran run­ning back C.J. Gable is out, re­placed by sopho­more Ross Scheuer­man, who has one ca­reer CFL start. Jalen Saun­ders and Junior Collins will join the re­ceiv­ing corps in place of Ter­rence To­liver, who’s out with a knee in­jury, and Kevin El­liott, who had just two catches in the sea­son-open­ing loss to Toronto. The sec­ondary, which gave up more than 500 yards pass­ing in week one, is still with­out starters Ab­dul Kan­neh and Emanuel Davis but will see Ethan Davis and Khalid Wooten moved into the start­ing line up in place of De­mond Wash­ing­ton and Chris Davis.

Three funky Hamil­ton stats: 1. The Ti­cats will be­ing play­ing on 12 days rest but have lost four straight com­ing off a bye week over the last two sea­sons; their last win af­ter a bye came in Septem­ber, 2014 against Toronto.

2. De­fen­sive back Will Hill be­came the first player in CFL his­tory to record two blocked kicks in his first game when he did it in week one against Toronto. He is just the 10th player to ever to record more than one in a game and the first since Don­no­van Carter in 2002.

3. Cana­dian de­fen­sive tackle Ted Lau­rent will be play­ing in his 100th ca­reer CFL game. Only two other cur­rent Ti­cats have hit the cen­tury mark: of­fen­sive line­man Ryan Bomben (103) and de­fen­sive end John Chick (110).

The sto­ry­line for Saskatchewan: The Rid­ers are 0-2 and af­ter last year’s 5-13 de­ba­cle, head coach Chris Jones’ seat could be get­ting warm — par­tic­u­larly if they con­tinue to lose in their brand new, $278 mil­lion sta­dium. The lat­est con­tro­versy fea­tured de­fen­sive end Jonathon New­some crit­i­ciz­ing the han­dling of his re­lease this week.

Key in­juries and line up changes: Ra­tio-break­ing Cana­dian line­backer Henoc Muamba re­turns af­ter a brief stint on the sixgame in­jury list with a knee in­jury. Re­ceiver Caleb Hol­ley is out as is the afore­men­tioned New­some.

Three funky Saskatchewan stats:

1. The Rid­ers lost 43-40 in OT to Win­nipeg last week and are now 4-11 in games de­cided by four points or less since 2015 (in­clud­ing 0-2 this sea­son.)

2. Saskatchewan has lost four of their last five against the Ti­cats but are 5-5 against Hamil­ton in their last 10 meet­ings.

3. Greg Mor­ris leads the CFL in kick­off re­turn yards with 242 on eight at­tempts and has three re­turns of 40-plus yards this sea­son.

The rest of the de­tails: TSN play-by-play: Chris Cuth­bert and Glen Suitor Ref­eree: Tim Kroger Weather: Clear, 28 de­grees with winds out of the East at 22 km/h.

JOHN RENNISON, THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

Ti­cat Cana­dian de­fen­sive tackle Ted Lau­rent will be play­ing in his 100th ca­reer CFL game.

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