Ticats cut veteran Johnny Scott

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats released veteran defensive lineman Johnny Scott on Thursday

Three-quarters of the Tiger-Cats' punishing defensive line in 2004 won't be calling Hamilton home this summer.

Only defensive end Adriano Belli remains at the Canadian Football League team's training camp following the release of import Johnny Scott on Thursday.

Defensive end Tim Cheatwood, the CFL's sack leader with 14 last season, has signed with the Houston Texans of the National Football League.

In April, the Ticats traded defensive end Joe Montford, who had 13 sacks in 2004, to the Edmonton Eskimos.

"Johnny was a great player for us last year and was a tremendous player in this league for a very long time," Hamilton head coach Greg Marshall said in a news release.

"We wish Johnny all the best in his future and will miss him both on and off the field."

Scott, an 11-year CFL veteran, had 59 tackles and five quarterback sacks in two seasons with the Tiger-Cats.

The 36-year-old finished fourth on Hamilton with four sacks and was seventh with 33 tackles, including one for a loss, in 16 games a year ago.

Scott, who signed with the Ticats on June 16, 2003, was named the CFL lineman of the week after making four defensive tackles and one sack in Hamilton's 20-17 overtime victory over Ottawa on Oct. 15.

The native of Austin, Tex., also has played for the Toronto Argonauts (2000-'02), British Columbia Lions (1996-'99) and Shreveport Pirates (1994-'95).

with files from Canadian Press