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Saskatchewan Roughriders' Geroy Simon, reacts to a Calgary Stampeders' touchdown during second half CFL football action in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh (Jeff McIntosh/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Saskatchewan Roughriders' Geroy Simon, reacts to a Calgary Stampeders' touchdown during second half CFL football action in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh (Jeff McIntosh/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

CFL Notebook

Milestone nears for Riders’ Simon Add to ...

Saskatchewan Roughriders slotback Geroy Simon can join a select group Saturday against the Montreal Alouettes.

Simon needs two catches to become the third player in CFL history to accumulate 1,000 career receptions. The 15-year veteran is the all-time receiving yards leader (15,981) and third in career catches behind Ben Cahoon (1,017) and Terry Vaughn (1,006).

After missing the beginning of the season with a leg injury, Simon, 37, has nine receptions for 194 yards and a touchdown in three contests.

Fantuz returns

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will have veteran slotback Andy Fantuz in the lineup when they visit Winnipeg on Friday.

Fantuz has been out since Hamilton’s season opener with a hamstring injury. The former University of Western Ontario star opened the 2013 campaign with 10 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown in a 39-34 road loss to Toronto. But the eight-year CFL veteran was hurt the following week during practice and has been out since.

Hamilton (2-4) has struggled without Fantuz, the CFL’s top Canadian in 2010, but the offence hasn’t. The Ticats have the league’s top passing attack, averaging 307 yards a game.

The 6-foot-4, 221-pound native of Chatham, Ont., will bring a veteran presence to Hamilton’s receiving corps while giving quarterback Henry Burris another reliable target.

DeAngelis in lineup

Veteran kicker Sando DeAngelis will make his Winnipeg debut Friday against Hamilton.

DeAngelis, 32, of Niagara Falls, Ont., signed with Winnipeg last Tuesday, and will handle kickoffs and field goals. Veteran kicker Justin Palardy had appeared in 53 consecutive games for the Bombers.

Winnipeg becomes DeAngelis’s fifth team in his nine-year CFL career. He spent five seasons with Calgary (2005-09) before joining the Ticats as a free agent in 2010.

Hamilton released DeAngelis on May 24, 2011, and he signed with Montreal, He spent the 2011 season with the Alouettes, before receiving his release in February of 2012.

Vega a free agent

Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive end Jason Vega was released by the NFL’s New England Patriots this week, but that doesn’t mean he’s immediately poised to return to Manitoba.

Vega is a CFL free agent and, upon clearing NFL waivers, will be free to sign with any team he wishes.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Vega had 12 sacks combined the past two years with Winnipeg. But the Bombers have a league-leading 24 sacks this season without him.

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