Some familiar names were among the last cuts by the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday.
As expected, veteran Ken-Yon Rambo was released after struggling with injuries, while Canadian quarterback Brad Sinopoli and first round draft pick Ameet Pall were also left off the final roster. However Pall, a defensive lineman who was drafted fifth overall, will remain in Calgary as he recovers from a foot injury.
"It's unfortunate that Ken-Yon hasn't been 100 per cent healthy and hasn't been able to practise with our club for a large portion of training camp," said Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel. "We had to make a number of difficult decisions and this was certainly one of them. We're fortunate to have depth at the receiver position but this was still a tough call to make. He will be considered one of the great players in franchise history."
The 33-year-old is eighth overall on the Stamps' all-time list for receptions (406) and receiving yards (5,995). He sits in 10th spot on the club's all-time list when it comes to touchdown receptions with 39.
The Stampeders also traded defensive back Geoff Tisdale to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for a third-round pick in 2014.
Tisdale returns to the Tiger-Cats where he spent the first three years of his career before joining the Stampeders. Last season, Tisdale had 35 tackles and tied his career-high with four interceptions.