Tiger-Cats getting healthy just in time

Tiger-Cats quarterback Henri Burris says a healthy offensive line is

Tiger-Cats quarterback Henri Burris says a healthy offensive line is "key" to Hamilton being successful in the playoffs. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:25 PM ET

In the tightly contested battle Sunday’s Eastern Conference semifinal is shaping up to be, every advantage, big or small, is key.

One look at a jammed practice field was all the evidence one would need to see an advantage the Ticats should enjoy.

Health, at least overall team health, is something the Ticats have not had a lot of this season. From Andy Fantuz and Lindsey Lamar early in the season to Greg Ellingson and a banged-up offensive line late in the year, there have been plenty of hurdles to overcome in the injury department.

And while head coach Kent Austin is reserving judgment until Friday or possibly Saturday — “Talk to me in a couple of days. I’ve been surprised before,” he said when asked if this was as healthy as his team has been all year — we’ll assume that is just a coach not wanting to test the football gods lest they respond with a rash of late week mishaps that cripples half his team.


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