Saskatchewan Roughriders release Congi, George

Luca Congi and Tamon George released on Tuesday
Reported by Karin Yeske
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders released kicker/punter Luca Congi and defensive back Tamon George on Tuesday.

Congi, a Waterloo, Ont., native, spent six seasons with the team but missed the entire 2011 season after starting the year on the nine-game injured list.

Congi's absence led the way for rookie kicker Chris Milo cement himself as the kicker the team will move forward with.

General Manager Brendan Taman says it wasn't easy to tell Congi the team is moving on without him.

"I've been talking to Luca ever since Labour Day because right around there he was able to go. It really hurt him to not be able to get a chance to play this year."

"He's a really good guy and he really loved playing here. He also understood what's best for his career he might need a change of location (to be able to play)."

The Roughriders were planning on playing the second half of the season with Luca Congi and Jamie Boreham sharing the kicking duties. At that time, however, Chris Milo started showing he could handle field goals, kickoffs and punting himself.

Taman acknowledges that the Roughriders not only could move on with Milo at the controls but Congi's contract is also a little to high to keep him around if he wasn't going to play.

The Roughriders will go into training camp with at least two kickers and bring along a young kicker behind Milo.

Regina-born George spent three seasons in the CFL-- all of which were with the Saskatchewan Roughriders after being drafted by the Riders in 2009 following his collegiate career at the University of Regina.

Taman says George never got to a level where he could be a starting defensive back and the team felt he didn't make the contributions they were looking for on special teams.