June 19, 2015

Making Moves: Recapping roster moves around the CFL

CFL.ca Staff

TORONTO — CFL.ca is tracking all of today’s roster moves as teams are required to reduce their roster to 46 active players.  Today officially marks the transition from training camp to regular season prep.

Here are a few notable stipulations regarding the roster moves for today: 

– All teams need to have their active rosters down to 46 players by 10:00pm ET
– The 46 contract players excludes any players on the 6-game injured list  and 1-game injured list

– A total of 3 of the 46 players identified must be quarterbacks
– Of the remaining 43 players, a club must carry a minimum of 20 National players

– Up to 10 Practice roster players can be added at any time as of Saturday.

The Toronto Argonauts released DB Matt Ware and DL Aston Whiteside while also adding RB Curtis Steele to the six-game injured list.

Released: WR Kevin Bradfield, RB Dillon Campbell, OL Jaskaran Dhillon, OL Anthony Dima, DL Delano Johnson, LB Jacob Lacey, LS Dan MacDonald, DB matt McGarva, DL Dontay Moch, WR Matt Norzil, LB Matt Warem DL Aston Whiteside, LB Akeem Whonder

Six-Game Injured List: DB Travis Hawkins, WR Kierre Johnson, LB Thomas Miles, DL Kyle Moore, FB Zander Robinson, RB Curtis Steele, LB Cam Walker

Practice Roster: DB Eric Black, OL Nik Embernate, DB Shane Herbert, QB Logan Kilgore, RB Lyle McCombs, WR Kashif Moore, WR Kenneth Shaw

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats made announced their cuts Sunday morning but the most critical news for them could be those they placed on the injured list.

Released: DB Nick Brassell, LB Serderius Bryant, DL – Sean Daniels, WR Daniel English, WR Seydou Junior Haidara, DE Paul Hazel, FB Preston Huggins, DB Antoine Lewis, DL  Martin Pesek, DB Julian Posey, OL Carson Rockhill, DE Sam Scott

Practice Roster:  WR Jasper Collins Jr., DL  Everett Ellefson, DB  Bobby Felder, RB Michael Ford, RB  Ray Holley, DL Stephen Mawa, LB Dan Molls, WR  Tim Smith, DB Donald Washington, DL Everton Williams

One-Game Injured Lists: WR Giovanni Aprile, DB David Caldwell, OL Joel Figueroa, RB CJ Gable, QB Jeremiah Masoli, WR Quincy McDuffie, DB Rico Murray, OL Landon Rice, WR Luke Tasker, DL Adrian Tracy, RB Anthony Woodson

Six-Game Injured List: DE Anotnio Coleman, DL Evan Gill, DB Kyle Miller

The Calgary Stampeders announced thier cuts around 2 p.m. local and on the list were a few veterans including Demonte’ Bolden, Lin-J Shell and off-season acquisition Eric Taylor.

Released: DB Royce Adams, DL Demonte’ Bolden, WR Dan Buckner, QB Dominique Davis, WR Cory Mitchell, DB Lin-J Shell, WR Nathan Slaughter, RB Keith Toston, DT Eric Taylor.

Returned to School: QB Andrew Buckley, OL Aaron Picton



The Montreal Alouettes made headlines late Friday when they released DT Khalif Mitchell according to reports.  The Als released 11 more players on Saturday afternoon and they are listed below.

Late in the evening the team confirmed reports, parting ways with DB Geoff Tisdale and mainstay RB Brandon Whitaker.

Released: DE Chris Baker, K Drew Basil, DE Brian Brikowski, OL Pierce Burton, WR Johnathan Bryant, LB Avery Cunningham, WR Julian Jones, OL Will Latu, OL Simon Legare, DT Khalif Mitchell, DT Asante Mizan, FB Mackenzie Sarro, DB Geoff Tisdale, RB Brandon Whitaker.

Practice Roster: OL James Bodanis, DB Anthony Coady, WR Dobson Collins, DB Cliff Coleman, LB Kyler Elsworth, RB jewel Hampton, DB Terry Johnson, WR Chandler Jones, OL Quinn Lawlor, RB Brandon Rutley

Siz-Game Injured List: WR James Rodgers, FB Jarod Zaleski

One-Game Injured List: DB Chris Ackie, DE Markell Carter, QB Rakeem Cato, DB Andrew Lue, LB James Tuck


The Winnipeg Blue Bomebrs announced all of their transactions Saturday night with no real surprises but looks as though they will start the season with DB Maurice Leggett on the injured list.

Released: WR Ja-Mes Logan, OL Marc Dile, DB Dominique Franks, K Anthony Santella, DB Shaquille Richardson, RB Carlos Anderson, WR Mike Willie, QB Jordan Yantz, WR Jordan Reaves, DB Justin Warden

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Practice Roster: RB Da’Rel Scott, DL Deantre Harlan, OL Corey Lewis, DB Vernon Kearney, DB Malachi Freeman, WR Toney Clemons, WR Jhomo Gordon, OL Thomas Griffiths, FB Chris Normand, DL Ettore Lattanzio

One- Game Injured List: DB Maurice Leggett, QB Josh Portis, DL Kashawn Fraser, DL Ivan Brown, WR Addison Richards

Six-Game Injured List: DL Nate Collins, OL Pat Newufeld, DB Troy Stoudermire

Signed: The Bombers have signed linebacker/defensive back Lin-J Shell, who was released by the Calgary Stampeders ahead of Saturday’s roster cut-down deadline. Shell was a part of the Calgary Stampeders’ Grey Cup winning team last season, recording 24 tackles, two sacks, 10 special-teams tackles, two knockdowns and a forced fumble in 18 games, including four starts. He also appeared in the West Division final and the Grey Cup.

Shell has 304 tackles, 63 special teams tackles, ten sacks, eight interceptions, and nine fumble recoveries over six CFL seasons.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders made a slew of cuts but it is expected that a number of them will be added to the practice roster.  Veteran national DB Paul Woldu was among those released.

Released: WR Melvin Abankwah, DB Kwame Adjei, WR Alex Carroll, DB Michael Carter, LB Jake Doughty, DB Jeremy Gray, WR Greg Hardin, OL Jermarcus Hardrick, OL Gord Hinse, DB Tyree Hollins, FB Ronlee King-Fileen, DL Tyler Langlais, DB Junior Mertile, OL Brad Nehring, DB Marrio Norman, K Hugh O’Neill, RB Sam Ojuri, OL Kyle Paterson, WR Alex Pierzchalski, OL Randy Richards, WR Naaman Roosevelt , DL Robert Singletary, LB Phillip Steward, OL Matt Vonk , WR Devin Wilson, DB Paul Woldu

Practice Roster: WR Alex Carrol, DB Michael Carter, LB Jake Doughty, WR Seydou Junior Haidara, DB Junior Mertile, RB Marrio Norman, OL Randy Richards, WR Naaman Roosevelt, OL Matt Vonk, WR Devin Wilson.



The Edmonton Eskimos released a veteran offensive lineman in Brian Ramsay and added another one, Simeon Rottier, to the six-game injued list.

Rleased: WR Denarius Appling, QB Justin Goltz, WR Paris Jackson, LB Nathan Kanya, LB Dawud Lane, DB Jestin Love, P/K Zackary Medeiros, WR Bryant Mitchell, OL Brian Ramsay DB Kacy Rodgers, DB Marte Sears

Practice Roster: WR/KR Anthony Barrett, RB Shakir Bell, OL Thaddaeus Coleman, QB James Franklin, CB Raye Hartmann, WR Andrew Johnson, DT Cedric McKinley, DB John Ojo,LB Keith Reynolds, WR Derel Walker

One-Game Injured List: DT Gregory Alexandre, WR Wallace Miles, OL Greg Wojt

Six-Game Injured List: WR Shamawd Chambers, RB Aaron Milton, OL Simeon Rottier, RB John White


The REDBLACKS are the only team on a bye week during the pre-season and made some cuts earlier Friday afternoon.  Among the first wave was WR Jamill Smith. The REDBLACKS completed thier cuts Saturday night but perhaps the headline-grabbers were the ones added to the injured and disabled lists.  Among them Marcus Henry, Khalil Paden and Brad Sinopoli.  More below.

Released: DL Eric Harper, LB Justin Cudworth, WR Jamill Smith, DL Cory Henry, RB Torrance Hunt, DB Brandon Sermons, LB Tanner Doll, LB David Hinds, OL Aaron Wheaton, OL Cameron Clemmons, OL Jake Silas, OL Alexandre Laganière, DL Matt Acree, WR Michael Campbell, WR Brelan Chancellor

One-Game Injured List: QB Brok jensen, WR Khalil Paden, WR Marcus Henry, DB Hugo Lopez, DB Forrest Hightower, DL Andrew Marshall, 

Six Game Injured List: DL Justin Phillips, WR Matt Carter

Disabled List: WR Brad Sinopoli, DL Jonathan Williams

The BC Lions not only announced thier cuts but revealed who was offered practice roster deals and who will start the season on the injured list.

Released: DB Jordan Rwiyamilira, DB Josh Brinkworth, DB Jeremiah Johnson, DB Myron Lewis, LB Cody Acker, DL Tim Jackson, DL Andre Monroe, FB Brandon Deschamps, RB Rickey Galvin, RB Damien Thigpen, WR Tim Vizzi, WR Whitman Tomusiak.

Offered practice roster agreements: DB Darious Lane, LB Casey Chin, DL Craig Roh, DL Maxx Forde, DL Jamarkus McFarland, WR Terence Jeffers-Harris, K/P Anthony Fera, RB Keola Antolin, OL Josh Aladonoye, OL Campbell Allison.

Placed on one-game injured: DB Steven Clarke, OL Cody Husband, OL Matt Norman.

Placed on disabled list: QB John Beck 

Returned to juniors: OL Anthony Daley, WR Derek Yachison