Crysdale's ailing knee puts streak in jeopardy

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

Could Jamie Crysdale's consecutive streak of 209 regular season CFL games end Friday night in Vancouver?

Crysdale walked off the practice field yesterday accompanied by athletic therapist Pat Clayton, long before his offensive line cohorts were finished their workout. The 13-year veteran received a cortisone shot in his left knee before returning in street clothes to view the final minutes of the session.

Despite the medical attention, he expects to start against the Lions.

"That's the goal but I don't know," said Crysdale, a Mississauga native who has never missed a Stampeders game since getting his first start in the fall of 1993 after being cut by the New York Giants.

"It's a day-to-day thing and it's going to take two to three days for this to take effect," Crysdale said. "I don't know why I wouldn't be able to play.

"I've got arthritis in three of the four compartments of my knee, so they gave me the cortisone shot to reduce the inflammation."

Crysdale said the aching joint is the result of spending most of training camp on McMahon Stadium's unforgiving artificial turf when foul weather forced the team off its natural grass practice field.

Crysdale had an MRI done last week and said the pain in his knee has been getting worse.

John Comiskey, a 2005 draft pick, assumed Crysdale's spot at centre for the last part of yesterday's practice.

JONES ARRIVES: Former Stamps QB Khari Jones arrived in Hamilton yesterday with hopes of helping the Ticats, who have scored just four offensive touchdowns this season.

"Basically I'm coming in to try and help the team out to get a win," the 34-year-old former CFL most outstanding player said after signing a new contract. Terms of the deal were not released.

EXTRA POINTS: Stamps LB George White has been named CFL defensive player of the week. White, a former Roughrider, recorded six defensive tackles, one special teams tackle and one fumble recovery against his old mates in Saturday's 44-18 win. Stampeders receiving honourable mention for their play were DB Jermaine Chatman, LB John Grace, RB Joffrey Reynolds, QB Henry Burris, DL Demetrious Maxie and placekicker Sandro DeAngelis ... Henry Burris will be helping Stamps video co-ordinator Ross Folan reopen his collectables store this Sunday. Fans are invited down to Collectors Paradise No. 10 -- 3220 5 Ave. NE from 1-3 p.m. to chat with the Stamps QB and enter to win prizes. Those seeking an autograph from Burris are asked to bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank.


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