The CFL’s return to play will be missing a few familiar faces.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday night to kick off the ’21 season. It will mark the league’s return after teams didn’t play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teams will play a 14-game schedule instead of the traditional 18. And given the layoff and teams not having played any exhibition contests this year, injuries will certainly be a factor throughout the campaign.
Even without Laurent, Hamilton still counters with a solid defensive line that includes Ja’Gared Davis (team-high 13 sacks in 2019), Dylan Wynn (career-best 11 sacks) and Julian Howsare (six sacks). Simoni Lawrence (CFL-high 98 tackles in 2019 and East Division’s top defensive player) anchors a linebacking corps that includes former Bomber Jovan Santos-Knox.
Many football pundits have made the Ticats heavy favourites to win the ’21 Grey Cup, which will be played Dec. 12 in Hamilton. What better way to prove that than down the defending champion in its home stadium?