Hog not hurtin' that bad

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

When Calgary Stampeders doctors ordered an MRI on Taylor Robertson's ankle following physicals Saturday, the offensive lineman was stunned.

He's been working out hard on the injured joint the past few months and was feeling no pain.

So the third-year right guard, who started most of last season, hopes to join his teammates in training camp immediately following the tests today.

"It's absolutely surprising," said Robertson. "I've told the guys here I've been training every day. I'm fine.

"The (doctors) see some films, pictures or notes and want to see some more stuff from it.

"That's what they do. I got hurt in August and I started five games after sitting out some. I don't know what to tell you."

Robertson originally sustained a high-ankle sprain in an early August win over Winnipeg, then tried to play through it two weeks later. His early return aggravated the injury further and he missed the following four games.

But after finishing the season back in his starting position, Robertson returned to Orlando, Fla., where he purchased a house.

Working out extensively with a personal trainer, he thought all his problems were behind him.

So that leads him to believe the MRI is just for precautionary reasons.

"Hopefully I can walk out with the film and show everybody I'm fine," he said.

"I plan on getting out here. I would be in practice now if they would let me."

SENIORITY CITIZENS: The old warriors are getting a break this training camp.

As a sign of respect for all Jamie Crysdale and Jay McNeil have accomplished in their decade-plus in the CFL, head coach Tom Higgins is sitting the offensive linemen out of one practice per day.

The veterans will be in the role of coach and spectator when not in full pads.

"When you've toiled for 12 and 13 years in the CFL, you don't need two practices a day," Higgins said. "But it might be easier for them to practice than to sit out because of the ribbing they get from their teammates."

EXTRA POINTS: Ottawa DB Hassan Probherbs, who was traded from the Stamps last season, called it a career yesterday. The non-import, who missed most of the past two seasons with a dislocated knee cap, retired a day after his 28th birthday ... Toronto re-signed WR Snoop Minnis yesterday. Minnis, a former third-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs, was on the Argos' practice roster for one week last season before leaving the team for personal reasons.


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