Tiger-Cats coach Kent Austin reluctantly patient

Ticats coach/GM Kent Austin says he would rather have players such as injured star receiver Andy...

Ticats coach/GM Kent Austin says he would rather have players such as injured star receiver Andy Fantuz healthy for the end of the season, than right now. That's why he is keeping Fantuz sidelined for Saturday's rematch with the Roughriders. (QMI Agency/Files)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:14 PM ET

Patience.

It’s an area in which Kent Austin is fast becoming an expert.

The general manager/head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats acknowledged on Thursday that it’s awfully difficult, especially when you’re guiding a 1-3 team and about to face the club that whipped you 37-0 on Sunday, to stop from rushing injured players back on to the roster.

"Of course it is," Austin said at the Ticats' downtown offices following practice. "But we have to be prudent, right? We are trying to win every football game, but I would rather not have a guy for four or five weeks now than not have him for four or five weeks at the end of the season.


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