Hamilton Tiger-Cats part with ex-NFL punter Jon Ryan


Published July 26, 2022 at 4:46 pm

Jon Ryan has been dealt by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats without appearing in a game.

The 40-year-old NFL veteran, who earned a Super Bowl ring with the Seattle Seahawks, has been traded to the Edmonton Elks for an eighth-round draft choice, the Ticats announced late Tuesday afternoon. The draft is eight rounds long.

Hamilton signed Ryan on July 10. St. Catharines native Michael Domagala has handled punting and kickoff duties since then, while 22-year-old American rookie Seth Small has settled into placekicking.

Domagala has averaged 45.4 yards this season, which ranks eighth in the nine-team Canadian Football League. He is fourth in kickoff average at 65.9. The Carleton University alumnus started the season as the kicker, going 12-of-16 on field goals.

Small, who played for the Texas A&M Aggies in the Southeastern Conference, is 3-of-4 on three-point boots since being re-signed two weeks ago. He hasn’t made a kick longer than 40 yards in limited action, but had a long of 51 yards during the exhibition schedule.

The Tiger-Cats (1-5) are at the start of a stretch where seven of their next eight games are against the Toronto Argonauts (3-2) and Montréal Alouettes (2-4), the two East Division opponents in a playoff position. The glut of division games starts against Montreal at Tim Hortons Field on Thursday (July 28, 7:30 p.m., TSN/RDS, Ticats Audio Network).

Hamilton escaped with a 25-23 victory against the winless Ottawa Redblacks in their first divisional matchup on July 16. All five Tiger-Cats defeats have been against West Division foes.

Under CFL rules, the fourth-placed West Division team makes the playoffs if it has an outright better record than the third-placed East team.

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