Full of holes

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

Three days after the Calgary Stampeders defence was shredded by Dave Dickenson, secondary coach Tim Burke is still picking up the pieces of his tattered unit.

With Joey Boese and Pascal Masson already sidelined for the loss to B.C., the Stamps are now facing the prospects of taking on Anthony Calvillo with two more starters on the shelf.

Ben Kelly and Jermaine Chatman, who started on the corners Friday in a 39-31 loss to the Lions, could miss Thursday's meeting at Montreal.

"We're putting bits and pieces together," Burke said yesterday, after working Coby Rhinehart into Kelly's spot and having Nate Terry at Chatman's.

"We're pretty banged up. Fortunately, we had guys here and we're (working them out)."

There is some good news for Burke for two reasons. Rhinehart came in for Kelly early in the Lions game and was a physical presence against B.C. wideout Ryan Thelwell.

Terry was cut in training camp and brought back to the practice roster but the veteran CFLer was in Calgary last year and knows the system well.

Rhinehart, who spent the past five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, could be a real find. He's experienced enough to grasp any offence and still has the NFL speed to keep up with anybody in the CFL.

"Plus Rhinehart got a lot of reps in the last game," Burke said about the 28-year-old.

"We're really happy about him. He'll be good to go this week.

"He has a lot of football sense.

"He does have a lot of experience, really good lateral quickness with good speed and he's intelligent.

"We were very fortunate to bring him up and get him ready. He got ready just in time."

Going back to Week 1 of the season, there could be only one defensive back in the same starting position this week: Veteran halfback Anthony Malbrough.

But that's assuming Malbrough will be ready to go after sitting out practice Sunday and only doing light drills yesterday.

Chatman may be ready but he is still experiencing difficulties recovering from a massive hit from Lions slotback Jason Clermont late in Friday's loss.

Kelly tweaked his hamstring and still hasn't returned to the practice field either.

If Chatman can't go, either newcomer Shane Walton or Canadian Lawrence Deck will be inserted into that spot.

This certainly isn't a good time to face a veteran thrower like Calvillo, although Burke doesn't seem too worried.

"They have some problems, too," Burke said.

"They don't have all their receivers. (Ben) Cahoon is out and they traded (Kwame) Cavil.

"They've got some guys in the lineup there that are playing for the first time.

"They're a little bit piecemeal, too.

"It will be the two piecemeal groups fighting it out."


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