TORONTO — Since the opening of training camps on Sunday, June 7, players have been through countless practices, scrimmages and one-on-one drills, leaving everything on the field in hopes of having their name penciled-in on the 46-man roster.
During the past 18 days, coaches were watching and evaluating every step of every play. And not too far in the distance, fans looked on from the sidelines, with all the hope in the world, wondering which of these players would help lead “my team” to a Grey Cup championship.
Today is the day that coaches finalize their rosters, players learn their fate, and fans get a first glimpse of the 2009 edition of their team.
At 3:00pm ET, all teams must submit their list of 46-active players. Some teams have already started trimming down their rosters. Below is a list of players released during the cut down period:
The BC LIONS have released the following players:
Otis Amey (WR) Josh Bean (LB) Melik Brown (DL) Trestin George (DB) Darren Marquez (OL) Mike McEachern (S) David Mills (LS) Kyle Mitchell (DL) Matt Morencie (OL) Caesar Rayford (DL) Damian Sims (RB)
The EDMONTON ESKIMOS have released the following players:
Andrea Bonaventura (LB) Gerald Davis (OL) Jim David (DL) Ciatrick Fason (RB) Therrian Fontenot (DB) Dante Luciani (WR) Sammy Okpro (DB) Lester Ricard (QB) Alan Turner (WR) E.J. Underwood (DB) Emanuel White (DB)
The CALGARY STAMPEDERS have released the following players:
Jackie Chambers (WR) Matt D’Orazio (QB) John Hashem (OL) Anthony Ivy (DB) Julian Jenkins (DL) John Kanaroski (WR) E.J. Kuale (DL) Perry Kyles (DB) Vincent Marshall (WR) Scott McHenry (FB) Cedric Thompson (RB)
The SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS have released the following players:
Nuvraj Bassi (DL) Todd Blythe (WR) Jeff Bolen (K/P) Brandon Childress (WR) Jason Geathers (RB) Sasha Glavic (DB) Juan Joseph (QB) Casey McGahee (WR) Sam Olajabutu (LB) David Patterson (DL) Brandon Perkins (LB) Brad Peters (OL) Byron Ross (WR) Seante Williams (DL) Jerron Wishom (DB)
The WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS have released the following players:
Patrick Body (DB) Terry Firr (WR) Jean-Francois Morin-Roberge (OL) Matt O’Meara (OL) Joe Smith (RB) Ronyell Whitaker (DB) Thaddeus Coleman (OL) Jasper Johnson (DB) Nick Kordic (DB) Montez Murphy (DE) Chase Ortiz (DE) Neil Ternovatsky (LB)
The HAMILTON TICATS have released the following players:
J.P. Bekasiak (DL) Carlton Brown (DB) Matt Castelo (LB) Eddie Cohen (WR) Francis Daneau (OL) Cassidy Doneff (WR) Brandon Guillory (DL) Alan Harper (DL) Sean Manning (S) Melvin Matlock (DB) Mike McFadden (DL) Dan Oliphant (OL) Desman Stephen (DB) Jacob Willis (WR)
The TORONTO ARGONAUTS have released the following players:
Patrick Afif (OT) Tyler Ebell (RB) Nick Hannah (LB) Kenny Higgins (WR) Pete Hunter (DB) Kevin Huntley (DL) Ben Ishola (DE) Sammy Joseph (CB) Matt Lambros (WR) Kinsmon Lancaster (WR) Todd Lowber (WR) Jerome Mathis (WR/KR) David McMillan (DE) Kenny O’Neal (WR/KR) Zachary Pollari (OL) Stephen Reaves (QB) Cleannord Saintil (WR) Gordon Sawler (OG) Brad Smith (WR) Da’Shawn Thomas (RB) Chris Van Zeyl (OL)
The MONTREAL ALOUETTES have released the following players:
Blue Adams (CB) Rodney Hardeway (DE) Frantz Hardy (WR) Kevin Marion (WR) Robbie Powell (OG) Chris Rutledge (OT) Jay Staggs (LB) Joshua Thompson (DT) Jamaine Winborne (LB) Reggie Hunt (LB) Brad Banks (QB) SJ Green (WR) IVan Brown (DE) John Mohring (LB) Sean Ortiz (DT) Chris Nickson (WR) Marco Thomas (WR) Stan van Sichem (LB) Martavius Prince (DT)