November 12, 2016

Status Report: Who’s in and who’s out for Sunday’s Semis

TORONTO — Who hits the injured list? What final adjustments are being made before the biggest game of the season? delivers all the last-minute roster moves ahead of Sunday’s Division Semi-Finals.  The most notable change is at safety in Hamilton where Courtney Stephen will make his return to the secondary.

EASTERN SEMI-FINAL: Edmonton at Hamilton


  • Fullback Calvin McCarty practiced this week but is not on the roster for Sunday. He had been out the last six weeks with a fractured right fibula. Mike Miller will continue to start in his place.
  • The Esks will keep both John White and Shakir Bell on the roster. Bell and WR Brandon Zylstra will handle return duties. Troy Stoudermire will sit.
  • Tony Washington remains on the one-game injured list, meaning Joel Figueroa and D’Anthony Batiste face the task of trying to slow down dynamic rush ends John Chick and Adrian Tracy.
  • Defensive back Brandyn Thompson returns to the active roster for the first time since Week 16 along with slotback Cory Watson for the first time since Week 13. Both are slated to start on Sunday.
  • Inactives: DB Tyler Thornton, OL David Beard



  • Safety Courtney Stephen returned to practice this week and will suit up after missing the last six games with a knee injury. He will be a welcome addition for a secondary that has been shredded by injuries this season.
  • Cleshawn Page will make his first start of the year at boundary cornerback for the Tiger-Cats as the shuffling in the secondary continues.  He starts in place of Cassius Vaughn.
  • Johnny Adams will also miss his second straight start, leaving 23-year-old rookie Chris Davis at the opposite corner.
  • First round draft pick and offensive lineman Brandon Revenberg will start at right tackle and will likely take on the task of trying to contain Esks defensive end Odell Willis.
  • With an injured group of pass-catchers, the Tiger-Cats will start the following players at receiver: Terrence Toliver, Brian Tyms, Kevin Elliott, Junior Collins, Brandon Banks and Spencer Watt.
  • Inactives: WR John Chiles, DT Michael Atkinson




  • The Bombers will have some key additions to their lineup in time for Sunday’s game, as Clarence Denmark, Sukh Chungh, Khalil Bass, Ian Wild and Travis Bond all draw back into the lineup after missing Week 20.
  • Rookie kick returner and defensive back Kevin Fogg will be a key player missing for the Bombers this week due to injury. Quincy McDuffie will handle kick and punt return duties in his absence while T.J. Heath continues to start at halfback.
  • With the log-jam at receiver, late-season addition Tori Gurley is the odd man out in the Bombers’ receiving corps. Darvin Adams and national Julian Feoli-Gudino will start out wide while Denmark, Weston Dressler and Ryan Smith will line up in the slot.
  • Also out for the Bombers this week: OL Manase Foketi, RB Timothy Flanders, DB Brendan Morgan and DE Shayon Green.
  • Inactives: DL Padric Scott, WR Addison Richards.



  • The Lions appear to be the healthiest team heading into the CFL Playoffs, making just one change to the 46-man roster since last week as DL Maxx Forde draws into the fold for OL Kelvin Palmer.
  • National receiver Shawn Gore will not play as he remains on the one-game injured list. The same goes for OL Jas Dhillon and RB Shaq Murray-Lawrence, also both nationals.
  • Stephen Adekolu will draw the start out wide in place of Gore, while 2016 draft pick Shaquille Johnson could also make an impact on the Lions’ offence.
  • Both Jeremiah Johnson and Anthony Allen are listed on the depth chart but it’s likely only one will dress when the team announces its inactives on Sunday. Johnson is listed as the starter.
  • Inactives: RB Anthony Allen, DL Maxx Forde.