Brian Ramsay, Chad Owens and Zac Carlson were on the move Thursday while Lyle Green is looking for a new home.

All four players were caught up in the CFL's final cutdown as the eight teams reduced their rosters to 46 players by the 3 p.m. ET deadline. The regular season kicks off July 1.

Players released Thursday could soon be back with their former clubs. Those cut would be eligible to be added to a squad's practice roster upon clearing waivers.

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The Toronto Argonauts dealt Ramsay, a six-foot-seven, 298-pound offensive lineman, to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for a 2011 fourth-round draft pick and conditional 2013 selection. The Victoria native appeared in 51 career games over three seasons with the Argos, including 33 as a starter.

Ramsay went to Hamilton after the Argos signed former Ticats offensive lineman Cedric Gagne-Marcoux as a free agent in the off-season.

Toronto acquired Owens, a receiver/return specialist from Montreal for a 2011 fourth-round pick. Owens spent most of last season on the Alouettes practice roster but did appear in a game against the Argos, accumulating 100 all-purpose yards.

Owens spent his college career at the University of Hawaii, registering an NCAA record-tying eight return touchdowns. He also set an NCAA record with five punt return TDs.

Owens definitely fits a need for the Argos, who lost special-teams dynamo Dominique Dorsey to free agency in the off-season, then had 2010 draft pick Steven Turner suffer an Achilles tendon injury during rookie camp.

"Chad is an experienced receiver and return specialist who will fill a need for us in the development of our offensive and special-teams schemes," Argos player-personnel director Mike Hagen said in a statement. "We are excited to acquire a player of Chad's abilities."

Toronto released eight players, including quarterback Danny Brannagan, the CIS career passing leader, and Turner. Both are expected to be placed on the practice roster if they clear waivers.

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The Ticats made roster room for Ramsay by releasing Carlson, who then signed with the Calgary Stampeders later in the day. Hamilton obtained the six-foot-four, 300-pound Carlson in last year's CFL supplemental draft, giving up its first-round pick in what was a very deep 2010 Canadian college draft.

It was a calculated gamble as Carlson lost his final season of NCAA eligibility at Weber State after testing positive for marijuana. He spent much of last season on the CFL club's injured list.

The reshuffling of the offensive line was made necessary in part due to Hamilton having to place veteran lineman Jason Jimenez on the nine-game injured list. The Ticats also put linebacker Agustin Barrenechea, quarterback Jason Boltus and receiver Adam Nicolson on the one-game injured list.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders placed veteran offensive lineman Kelly Bates on the nine-game injured list. The six-foot-three, 293-pound Bates, a native of Humbodlt, Sask., signed with Saskatchewan as a free agent in the off-season.

Bates, 34, played with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies before being selected in the fourth round, 32nd overall, by B.C. in the 2001 CFL Canadian college draft. Bates spent seven seasons with the Lions before being dealt to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in May 2009.

Saskatchewan released 11 players, including receiver Obed Cetoute, obtained recently from Toronto for offensive lineman Jonathan St. Pierre.

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Green was among the B.C. Lions' final cuts.

Green, a native of Kitchener, Ont., played nine years with the Lions. Last season he shifted to special teams but continued to see spot duty on offence as a blocking back. He played 161 consecutive games, the most by a running back in franchise history.

"Lyle was a versatile player who never gave less than his best," Wally Buono, the Lions coach and general manager, said in a release. "He was a pleasure to coach."

During his career Green, 34, rushed for 569 yards on 116 carries and scored seven touchdowns. He also had 83 catches for 978 yards and three TDs.

Receiver Kevin Challenger was among seven players let go by Edmonton. The five-foot-nine, 178-pound Montreal native was entering his third season with the Eskimos and appeared in the club's 18 regular-season games and its West Division semifinal last year, performing on special teams.

Challenger had eight catches for 166 yards in 2008.

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Meanwhile, the Montreal Alouettes put O.J. Santiago's CFL debut on hold. The former NFL tight end, making a comeback with the CFL club, was placed on the one-game injured list.

The six-foot-seven, 265-pound Santiago, a native of Whitby, Ont., who played in the 1998 Super Bowl with the Atlanta Falcons, signed in the off-season with Montreal after being out of football since he was released by the NFL's Oakland Raiders prior to the 2007 season. The move reunited Santiago, 36, with Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman, who was Oakland's offensive co-ordinator at the time.

Montreal also placed fullback Dahrran Diedrick, a Toronto native, on the one-game injured list, along with tackle Skip Seagraves and defensive end Nickolas Morin-Soucy.

The Alouettes also put backup quarterback Adrian McPherson and guard Ryan Bomben on the nine-game injured list.

A total of nine players were released by the Alouettes, including receiver D.J. Boldin, the younger brother of Baltimore Ravens star receiver Anquan Boldin.

Rookie receiver Johnny Forzani was among Calgary's final cuts. He's the son of former Stampeders star Tom Forzani and nephew of co-owner John Forzani. The Stamps selected Johnny Forzani in the third round of the 2010 supplemental draft and therefore gave up a 2011 third-round pick in the Canadian college draft.

Calgary also released veteran kicker Warren Kean, who was taken second overall in '07 by Edmonton and released after just one season with the Eskimos. The Stampeders opted to go with Guelph rookie kicker Rob Maver, who they selected fifth overall in this year's CFL draft.