From the Lions' den

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

History tells us ...

B.C. Lions' all-time record against the Saskatchewan Roughriders is 69 wins, 79 losses and four ties. Lions are 17-12 since 1995 with nine games decided by three points or less.

The Mighty Casey sits

Injured quarterback Casey Printers isn't hurrying back to action. Printers didn't finish the Aug. 27 game in Regina, his only scheduled start of the season so far. He entered the game with shoulder pain and left in the third quarter feeling worse.

"There were a lot of overthrown balls I had," Printers said. "That was because the sharp pain and I couldn't follow through."

Printers said he continues to feel pain, but it's "not worth me risking it and further injuring myself."

Head coach Wally Buono said he'd like to see 2004's most outstanding player return to practice, but "if he's not comfortable, we're not going to force the issue."

Big D back in Van

There's only one Daved Benefied. The 14-year veteran ex-Lions' defensive end still calls Vancouver his off-season home, skateboards in his spare time and is an aspiring sports writer. As such, the Roughrider star is a walking quote machine.

Case in point: he deftly managed to compare Saskatchewan's improving fortunes with two of today's greatest athletes.

"You want to stay in the pack, when the time comes for you to break out, like Lance Armstrong, that's when you want to go and take off," Benefield told 24 hours. "Now it's all about catching up, like Tiger Woods in the back nine: if he's close, he can be in front of you by the end of the third round."

His website, DavedBenefield. com, is the best CFL player site.


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