Justin Hickman rejoins Tiger-Cats from NFL
Former CFL all-star registered league-high 13 sacks in 2011
Justin Hickman couldn't have picked a better time to rejoin the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The international defensive end re-signed with Hamilton on Wednesday following two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. The move came just before the Tiger-Cats revealed that Canadian defensive tackle Brian Bulcke will require season-ending surgery for a torn bicep.
The loss of the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Bulcke is a big one for Hamilton. The 27-year-old native of Windsor, Ont., is not only a starter for the Ticats, but, as a Canadian, he gives the CFL club the flexibility to play an American elsewhere in the lineup.
With Bulcke hurt, the expectation is defensive tackle Linden Gaydosh, 23, the first player taken in the 2013 CFL draft, will get an opportunity to play. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Gaydosh, a native of Peace River, Alta., signed with Hamilton earlier this month after being released by the Carolina Panthers.
The 6-foot-2, 265-pound Hickman spent three seasons with Hamilton (2009-11) before joining the Colts in 2012.
Hickman was a CFL all-star in 2011 after registering a CFL-high 13 sacks.
Hickman registered 12 tackles in 12 games with the Colts.
Hamilton also added international defensive lineman Adewale Ojomo to the practice roster, while releasing international receiver LaMark Brown.