Pink slip day around the Canadian Football League saw some familiar faces sent packing ahead of the 2013 season openers later this week.
Saturday night's roster compliance deadline came and went with teams trimming their rosters to 46 players.
The Montreal Alouettes got things rolling before the weekend by releasing 11 players from camp, most notably quarterback Quinton Porter and defensive back Seth Williams.
Also released by the Als were wide receivers Damone Blackman, Phillip Livas and Michael Campbell, offensive guard Matt Cleveland, defensive ends Mike Lockley and Cyril Obiozor, defensive tackle Scott Maxson and defensive backs B.J. Soctt and Devon Torrence.
Maybe the most surprising development came when Toronto Argonauts general manager Jim Barker announced the Argos parted ways with four-year defensive tackle Kevin Huntley, a player who helped the Boatmen capture the 100th Grey Cup last season.
The Argos also cut backup running back Gerald Riggs and wide receiver Reggie Williams.
Notable names left off of the Saskatchewan Roughriders' 46-man roster included defensive back Eddie Russ, who collected 33 tackles and an interception in 2012, and defensive lineman Mick Williams, who contributed 11 tackles and a sack last season. The Riders released 19 others, including wide receivers Alex Anthony and Rod Harper, linebackers Eric Armitage, Kyle Hill, Brian Peters, Kevin Regimbald-Gagne and Thomas Spoletini, running backs DeDe Dorsey and Spencer Moore, defensive linemen, Ryan Wellman, Zach Evans, Hilee Taylor and Richard Sumlin, defensive backs Reshard Langford, and Ramzee Robinson, and offensive linemen Jose Valdez and Matt Vonk.
The Bombers released 21 players Saturday morning, bringing their active roster down to 52 players, which means they’ll have to put six more players on either the one- or nine-game injured lists.
None of the cuts were surprising, and the only returnee to get his walking papers was receiver Kurt Adams. The other cuts included quarterback Chase Clement, punter Billy Pavlopoulos, fullback Carl Fitzgerald, receivers Quintin McCree, Wallace Miles, Jameze Massey and Trevor Kennedy, defensive linemen Zach Anderson, Dexter Davis, Anthony Degrate and Marquis Frazier, offensive linemen Brendan Dunn and Aderious Simmons, defensive backs Bert Brown, Wesley Pendleton, David James, Dekota Marshall and Teague Sherman, and linebackers Wendell Brown and Ian Wild.
The B.C. Lions announced six cuts on deadline day: Wide receiver Elvis Apkla, defensive tackle Chris Clady, offensive tackle Ben Ossai, linebacker Glenn Love, kicker Steven Shott and safey Bobby Davis.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats released nine players from pre-season camp, most notably defensive end Matt Singletary, the son of former Chicago Bears great Mike Singletary. Also released was quarterback Chris Amrhein, defensive back Emanuel Davis, wide receivers Justin Hilton, Simon Le Marquand and Eric McCree, defensive ends Eze Obiora, Donovan Robinson, and linebacker Nick Rosamonda.
The Calgary Stampeders released 10 players from their camp roster. Defensive linemen Stevie Baggs, Kevin Dixon and Andrew Marshall were released in addition to defensive backs Troy Butler and Romeo Pellum, wide receivers Khalil Paden, Brandon Kinnie and Josh Jarboe, and running backs LaMarcus Coker and Wilerson DeSouza.