Hebert given walking papers

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

The time-honoured sports adage claiming athletes can't lose a job to injury took a kick in the groin yesterday after the Stampeders released Charlie Hebert.

The Lafayette, La., product won the dual kicking role in training camp, replacing longstanding veteran placekicker Mark McLoughlin and punter Duncan O'Mahony.

Hebert injured his ankle Labour Day versus Edmonton with replacement Clinton Greathouse, another import, assuming his spot the following four games.

Greathouse's performances varied from awful in his opening effort to outstanding in a five-for-five field-goal performance against Ottawa. It was enough to convince the coaching staff to keep the Texas Tech product through the remaining three games despite Hebert's return to practice this week.

"I'm going to finish off the year strong and hopefully build on something for next year," said Greathouse, 24.

Hebert had posted a 44.2-yard punting average, inching out Greathhouse's 41.6-yard mark while putting up a net average a full 10 yards better than Greathouse.

Hebert connected on 19 of 27 field-goal attempts (70.4%) while Greathouse split the uprights on nine of 11 tries (81.8%).

Hebert also posted better kickoff numbers, averaging 56.4 yards per boot while Greathouse managed a 48.4-yard average.

"I'm kind of shocked but I have to think positively," said Hebert, 26. "I'm grateful for the opportunity of coming up here like I did. I did well. I kind of saw it coming ... It was pretty obvious to me but I guess not to the coaches."

One source close to the Stamps claimed Greathouse received a substantial signing bonus, swaying the decision in his favour.

"It was a tough decision with Clinton and Charlie, two kickers we feel very comfortable with but we had to make a decision," said Dunigan, adding special teams co-ordinator Trey Junkin played a key role in the decision process.

EXTRA DOWNS: The Stamps made several roster moves yesterday, releasing Canadian LB Mike Mahoney; import DB Jeremy Pearl moved to the practice roster; import LB Wes Robertson has been offered a practice roster spot. Canadian DB Christian Simmerling has been added to the roster for injured Matt McKnight.


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