Ticats dump Scott

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

And yet another change to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive line.

The Tiger-Cats cut veteran defensive tackle Johnny Scott yesterday, leaving Adriano Belli as the only holdover from the starting defensive line that began the season last year.

The Tiger-Cats lost defensive end Tim Cheatwood in the off-season when he signed with the Houston Texans of the National Football League.

That was followed a few months later when the Ticats traded fellow defensive end Joe Montford to Edmonton when he refused to accept a contract extension at the salary the team was offering. In return, the Tiger-Cats received guard Dan Comiskey, who will fill one of the guard spots.

Cheatwood and Montford contributed 27 sacks from the edge, but the interior was plagued by injuries and lack of production.

The first signs of the Tiger-Cats new defensive line will be seen a week tomorrow when Hamilton and the Argos play a pre-season game in Halifax.

Among the players competing for starting spots on the Ticats defensive line are: DeVonte Peterson, who played some games last year; newcomers Jeremy Lawrence and Torrence Heggie; and sophomore Hakeem Kashama, who suffered a broken leg last year in the Labour Day game.

"These guys are all young and they're all playing hard and competing hard and we just felt it we're going to make the change (with Scott), let's don't drag it out to the end; let's make it now and give these kids a chance to make the football team and make it younger and faster," general manager Ron Lancaster said.

"Johnny has had a great career and he did a good job for us for two years, but we just felt it was time to get a little younger. We felt that last year he wasn't able to go at the same speed for as long as he could in his previous years, which is very understandable when you're 36 years old. You figure the number of years that he has played and the number of hits that he has taken. That's a lot to ask out of a guy."


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