Ticats get no sympathy from Ottawa RedBlacks

Ottawa Redblacks Jon Gott is, both literally and figuratively, the anchor of the Ottawa O-line....

Ottawa Redblacks Jon Gott is, both literally and figuratively, the anchor of the Ottawa O-line. This veteran centre is a former CFL all-star whom the RedBlacks traded their No. 1 pick in the CFL draft to acquire from Calgary. (REUTERS/Fred Greenslade)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:49 PM ET

It's been one big ouch after another for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in an 0-3 start to the CFL season.

Last season's starting centre Marwan Hage was snapped up by the Ottawa RedBlacks in the expansion draft (and later dealt away). Hage's replacement, Mike Filer, was hurt in training camp; starting tackles Marc Dile and Joel Figueroa and guard Greg Wojt also went down. And guard Peter Dyakowski is still recovering from a knee injury.

Let's face it, it's not easy to put together a solid offensive line filled with Canadians, let alone finding a bunch of starting-calibre replacements.

Oh, and their starting QB, Zach Collaros, is out with a head injury suffered in Week 2 and won't play Saturday (Jeremiah Masoli and Dan LeFervour are the Ticats' options) when the RedBlacks visit Hamilton.


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