Canadian receiver Andy Fantuz won’t return vs. Riders

Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach June Jones said Tuesday that Canadian receiver Andy Fantuz won’t be ready for this week’s match up against the Saskatchewan Roughriders and is still awaiting final medical clearance on his injured knee.

“I think after Sept. 18 is when they are going to clear him,” Jones said. “He still has to sign a contract so that has to happen, too.”

Jones had indicated last week that Fantuz could return as early as Friday against the Riders.

The 33-year-old Fantuz has been serving as a Ticat assistant coach while recovering from a torn ACL suffered last October. He had 101 receptions through 17 games in 2016 and had reached the 1,000-yard mark (1,059) for just the second time in his 11-year career.

The Ticats could use the help. The team is down to just two healthy Canadian receivers, including Mitchell Baines who signed last week. But with Felix Flaubert-Lussier going down with a lower body injury in last Saturday’s win over Ottawa – not to mention the loss of several other Canadians – Baines may be forced into a starting role against the Riders. Flaubert-Lussier didn’t practice on Tuesday though Jones said he could still suit up.

“The players are playing through injuries, a lot of guys are beat up and it’s a short week,” Jones said.

 

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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11 Comments on Canadian receiver Andy Fantuz won’t return vs. Riders

  1. Big “Character” Win this week. Amazing what can happen in a fortnight.

    • Absolutely. They need to win this one and I believe that they can.
      I really didn’t expect Andy to be ready for this game so it’s not a surprise as far as I’m concerned. It’ll be great to get him back maybe for the trip to BC but that won’t give him much time to practice if he isn’t cleared until the 18th (not that he probably needs too much!)

  2. What the heck are we going to do for our ratio offensively?

    • Lots of Jones and Prime I guess, with Baines playing a bit. And pray to the football gods that no more nationals go down to injury.

    • The CFL must reduce the ridiculous ratio.
      Either open jobs up to everyone or reduce the quota.
      There are not enough talented Canadians to pay football and fill CFL teams, most of these guys should not be playing pro-football.

  3. white stallion in red // September 12, 2017 at 8:49 pm //

    Excellent signing

  4. Andy Flakes Fantuz has been closer to home than he probably wanted considering his injuries in Hamilton. Too bad the move for silly reasons in the pros has not paid off for him or the TC’s.

  5. Lindsay Wilcox // September 13, 2017 at 6:32 am //

    Ex-Ticat Marcus Thigpen, who was the first and so far only CFLer to score TDs 5 different ways, has signed with Sask Riders as a KR. Is on practice roster. As far as I can see he hasn’t played a down in CFL or NFL in about 2 seasons.

  6. Justed watched the replay of Saunders 1st catch on Ticat website. It was ruled out at the one yard line(Gable scored on the next play). That was a touchdown by Saunders, and a beauty. I thought it was when I 1st saw it live but the crack team at TSN did not show a replay. I realise it doesn’t matter now but it could have.
    Check it out @ ticats.ca history starts now vid .46 secs.
    see if you agree

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