Dave Stala is coming back early for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The Ticats (1-3) are taking the veteran slotback off the nine-game injured list and adding him to the roster in time for their game Saturday against the unbeaten Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-0) in Guelph, Ont.
Stala, 33, opened the season on the injured list after undergoing knee surgery.
The six-foot-two, 205-pound Stala is entering his fifth season in Hamilton and 11th in the CFL.
With veteran slotback Andy Fantuz still nursing a hamstring injury, the return of Stala will be a boost to a young Hamilton receiving corps.
Kicker Luca Congi, who didn't dress for Sunday's 37-0 road loss to Saskatchewan, will play Saturday at Alumni Stadium.