HAMILTON — The Hamilton Tiger-Cats may have suffered a devastating blow on Tuesday, as the Hamilton Spectator‘s Drew Edwards reports that nationals Linden Gaydosh and Spencer Watt have suffered season-ending Achilles injuries.
The news came out late Tuesday evening after the second day of the Ticats’ three-day spring mini-camp, held at McMaster University’s Ron Joyce Stadium:
The team hasn’t announced anything as of Wednesday morning, but if true it’s a tough break for the Ticats, who signed Watt as a free agent this off-season and also hoped Gaydosh would fit in alongside nationals Brian Bulcke and Ted Laurent on their interior defensive line.
Watt, a native of North Vancouver, B.C. and a Simon Fraser alum looked to bolster the Ticats’ national depth at receiver this season, landing with the Ticats after five seasons with the rival Argos. He has 1,715 yards and nine touchdowns in five seasons and eclipsed at least 345 yards four years in a row.
Gaydosh was a first overall pick in the 2013 CFL Draft, but didn’t suit up with the Ticats until last season after spending a year testing NFL waters.
The 24-year-old native of Peace River, Alta. measuring in at six-foot-four, 305 pounds earned some starts down the stretch last year for the Ticats, and was expected to take on a greater role in his second season.
It’s unclear when or how the injuries occurred, but neither player was present at this week’s off-season mini-camp and both injuries are considered football-related.