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Josh Ranek suffered a season-ending leg injury on Labour Day. ((Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press))

The Hamilton Tiger-Catsreleased running back Josh Ranek, the CFL club announced Thursday.

Ranek was ahigh-profile free agent signed by the Tiger-Cats in the off-season, but he was plagued by injuries during the 2006 campaign.

He posted three 1,000-yard seasons with the Ottawa Renegades from 2003 to 2005, but rushed for just 343 yards in 12 games for Hamilton this season.

His last game for the Tiger-Cats was on Labour Day, when he suffered a season-ending leg injury.

The release "was basically for financial reasons going into next year," Tiger-Cats rookie general manager Marcel Desjardins told the Hamilton Spectator.

"With [Jesse] Lumsden being here, with [Corey] Holmes being here, with Anthony Davis being here, it wasn't going to work. And it didn't work this year with Corey and Josh being here.

"Plus, to be fair to him, if we let him go now, it gives him a much better chance to hook up with someone for next year."

Earlier in the week, Hamilton released quarterback Kevin Eakin and wide receiver Kamau Peterson.

With files from the Canadian Press