HAMILTON — Although he is making progress, Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski will need more time to recover from his torn patellar tendon. He was placed on the nine-game injured list Sunday as training camp officially opened.
The veteran leader of the Ticats’ o-line injured himself in last year’s Grey Cup game in Regina.
Last month, Dyakowski admitted that making it back for training camp was unlikely when he spoke with The Canadian Press.
“I’ll be there and active but I’m not going to be close to contact,” Dyakowski said in April. “I’m working on jogging the rest of this month and in May I’ll be running and getting into football drills.
“But with this injury, caution is very important to keep in mind. I want to be back playing better than I did before, that’s my goal and motivation here.”
The six-foot-five, 325-pound Dyakowski has been a solid performer for the Ticats. He was their 2011 nominee for the CFL’s top lineman award and the following season claimed East Division and CFLPA all-star honours.
Last Minute Additions
The Ticats also announced the addition of a veteran defensive back and a quarterback in Demetrice Morley and Corey Robinson.
Morley, a 6-1, 195-pound native of Miami, Florida, joins the Ticats with 30 games of CFL experience under his belt courtesy of previous stints with the Toronto Argonauts (2013) and Calgary Stampeders (2011-13). The Tennessee product has recorded 85 defensive tackles, five quarterback sacks and one interception over the course of three seasons in the CFL.
Robinson, a 6-1, 205-pound native of Paducah, Kentucky, finished his collegiate career as Troy’s all-time passing leader after throwing for 13,344 yards – the ninth-highest total in NCAA history – and 81 touchdowns while becoming one of only four NCAA pivots to throw for over 3,000 yards in four seasons. He attended rookie camp with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns in May.
– With files from Ticats.ca and The Canadian Press