The Roughriders announced on Twitter on Tuesday morning that they’ve released veteran kicker Tyler Crapigna.
The 26-year old from Nepean, ON missed all of 2018 due to a hip injury. That opened the door for Brett Lauther to have a record-setting season as Crapigna’s replacement.
Crapigna was an original 5th round pick by Calgary in the 2014 CFL Draft out of McMaster University. He was acquired by Saskatchewan interim GM Jeremy O’Day in October of 2015 for RB Jerome Messam.
In retrospect, both teams won that deal.
Crapigna made several clutch kicks in his time with the Riders and earned the trust of his coach and teammates. If he’s over his injury issues, he’ll kick again somewhere in the CFL.
As for the axiom, “You can’t lose your job due to injury”, Crapigna’s story proves that’s a case-by-case proposition.