HAMILTON — Riding high after romping the Montreal Alouettes, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats prepare for a Week 9 test against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers but may have to do so without star cornerback Delvin Breaux.
Breaux left practice earlier in the week and has been nursing a neck injury according to head coach June Jones. He did not practice on Wednesday but is listed as the starter in his usual spot on the club’s depth chart released Thursday morning.
“We let him get treatment today. He’s a game time decision but I expect him to play unless something drastically changes,” Jones told the media after Wednesday’s practice.
Should Breaux be unable to go, Jones said that the ‘Cats are unlikely to shift a number of pieces in the secondary and would replace the former all-star corner with one of either Mariel Cooper or John Green.
“You would rather not change three guys, just change one,” Jones explained.
Breaux — who has six tackles on the season — returned the the Tiger-Cats in Week 2 after playing parts of two seasons with the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. He played with the Saints from 2015 to 2017, appearing in 22 games in 2015 and 2016 before missing the 2017 season due to injury. With the Saints, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound defensive back registered 66 total tackles, 20 passes defended, three interceptions and one fumble recovery. Breaux was the Saints’ 2015 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award presented to select players in the NFL who are voted by their teammates as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.
The Tiger-Cats look to put together consecutive wins against a red-hot Winnipeg squad who has made Investors Group Field a tough spot for opposing teams in recent years. Following Friday’s matchup Hamilton will head to the bye week.
– With files from Ticats.ca
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