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Canadian quarterback Brannagan among Argonauts' final cuts

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The Canadian Press
6/24/2011 6:05:02 PM
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The Danny Brannagan era with the Toronto Argonauts is over.

The former Queen's star quarterback was among the Argos' final cuts Friday.

Toronto released 13 players to reach the league-mandated 46-man roster limit.

The six-foot, 198-pound Brannagan captured the 2009 Hec Crighton Trophy as Canadian university football's outstanding player.

He capped his college career in style, leading Queen's to the Vanier Cup.

The Burlington, Ont., native signed as a free agent with Toronto and spent the bulk of last season on the CFL club's practice roster.

But Brannagan's future with the Argos became precarious after the team acquired veteran Stephen Jyles in the off-season from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to battle incumbent Cleo Lemon for the starter's job.

While Jyles missed all of training camp with a shoulder ailment, Brannagan was beat out for the final quarterback roster spot by rookie B.J. Hall.

CFL teams have until 3 p.m. ET on Saturday to make their final cuts. Clubs must get their rosters down to 46 players, of which only 42 dress for games.

Players who are cut can remain on a club's practice roster.

CFL teams can have up to seven players on the practice roster once they clear the 48-hour waiver period.

The 2011 CFL season kicks off Thursday night with the Montreal Alouettes beginning their Grey Cup defence at home to the B.C. Lions.

Danny Brannagan (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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