Canadian Football League

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Canadian Football League Teams reducing training camp rosters

Derek Medler, who was trying to resurrect his football career with the Toronto Argonauts, was among six players released by the Canadian Football League club yesterday. Also let go were linebackers Jeffrey Bonelli and James McGill, defensive back Michael Broussard and receivers Marvin Minnis and Petie Scarborough, whose older half-brother is John Avery, the Argos' starting tailback.
Medler, 23, led the Ontario University Athletics conference with 1,420 yards rushing for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in 2003, a university record and the second best total in OUA history at the time. Medler was chosen as an all-Canada star that season and appeared destined to be a high pick in the CFL draft. But cocaine use sent him into a downward spiral that included his arrest for being an accessory after the fact to attempted murder and eventually an 18-month conditional sentence.
Medler pleaded guilty in October to harbouring three suspects in the attempted murder case, putting his CFL aspirations in jeopardy. He was bypassed in the Canadian university draft this year and signed with Toronto as a free agent.
Scarborough, 23, worked for a construction company last year after leaving Mars Hill College, a U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II school, in 2003. The Argos signed Scarborough after Avery gave his brother a strong recommendation.
Minnis, 27, was in his second stint with Toronto, originally signing with the club in 2004. The former Florida State star was a third-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2001 and spent two seasons there before being released. Minnis also was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins.
The Montreal Alouettes released seven players, including rookie kicker Mike Ray, their fourth-round pick in the Canadian draft this year from McMaster University.
Montreal dealt veteran kicker-punter Matt Kellett to Ottawa in the off-season. That left Ray, American kicker-punter Damon Duval, veteran Canadian receiver Dave Stala and sixth-round draft pick Adam Eckert (both of whom can punt) to handle field goals, punts and kickoffs with the Alouettes.


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