Veteran sitting again

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:20 AM ET

It's the kind of consecutive game streak Jamie Crysdale had hoped to avoid.

After playing in 210 regular season games in succession, the veteran centre will likely miss his third straight contest Thursday in Montreal.

Crysdale had arthroscopic knee surgery 13 days ago and had hoped to return to action within 10-14 days but missed practice again yesterday and isn't expected to start against the Alouettes, according to head coach Tom Higgins.

"The biggest challenge is we're looking at the bigger picture," Higgins said.

"This is two short turnarounds in a row and he has to practise first and feel good about where he's at.

"I'd put it at 50-50 right now."

He has been replaced the last two games by rookie Godfrey Ellis, who looked good in his first outing but bobbled a couple of exchanges with quarterback Henry Burris in Friday's 39-31 loss to B.C.

Import halfback Joey Boese (hamstring) also sat out yesterday's workout and will miss his second consecutive game.

"Joey Boese is the only one who is a definite scratch," said Higgins, who is anticipating additional injury reports today. "We're still waiting to get final updates."

Also missing from the practice field were non-import LB Scott Coe (knee). Higgins said the joint won't require surgery and Coe has been wearing a brace.

Import CB Ben Kelly (hamstring) and import HB Anthony Malbrough didn't practice but are expected on the field today.

Import DL Demetrious Maxie (ankle) worked out and is expected to start in Montreal.


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