'Very sad' at release

DANIEL WILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

A former Lion is recovering after being cut loose from the pride this week.

"I was very sad," said Tony Simmons, the oft-injured former NFL receiver who was released by the B.C. Lions Monday. "I didn't want it to come down to that. They had to make some changes and I have to make some changes."

Simmons experienced a run of knee and foot injuries during his three years with the club, but was not injured at the time of his release.

The import receiver said he wasn't a big part of the Lions offensive plans this season.

"They weren't throwing it my way as much as they were two years ago," said Simmons, who joined the Leos in 2005. In seven games this season, he had eight receptions for 118 yards.

Simmons speculates his position could go to either Bret Anderson or Josh Boden, both Canadian players.

Of the Lions' hopeful return to Grey Cup glory, Simmons says: "They have the potential to do it, it just depends on how well they gel over the last few games."

Now out of the CFL, Simmons plans to return to his life as a fitness expert and running boot camps.


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