The shorthanded Ticats are in Ottawa Friday night to take on the first place Redblacks.
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Hamilton can clinch a home playoff game with a victory while Ottawa can secure a first round playoff bye for the second straight year with a win.
The 6-and-9 Cats will be without kick returner Brandon Banks who has been suspended for two games for violating the CFL’s drug policy.
The 2015 Special Teams Player of the Year tested positive for a drug closely related to ecstasy two weeks ago.
Recently acquired backup running back Kendial Lawrence is expected to handle the kickoff and punt return duties against the 7-7-and-1 Redblacks
Hamilton is already without star quarterback Zach Collaros and receivers Luke Tasker and Chad Owens because of injury.