Coe frustrated with bum knee

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

TORONTO -- Scott Coe has gone through the motions all weekend, visualizing himself sinking Argonauts at breakneck speed.

Yet there is a question whether the Calgary Stampeders linebacker will be able accelerate with his usual authority.

Coe has been able to practice normally for the past few weeks but when game time comes, his injured knee gives out on him.

Through practices with the first-team defence this weekend, Coe has taken his spot preparing to play tonight against the Toronto Argonauts at Rogers Centre (5:30 p.m., TSN).

But for the last two games, the Winnipeg native has felt the same way, only to be frustratingly unable to perform for more than a few plays in games.

"For me, I want to out there playing no matter what happens, no matter what the injury is," said Coe yesterday during another brisk walkthrough at Rogers Centre.

"At the same time, I can't be going out there and not getting the job done. If you can't get the job done because of injury, then get off the field. I always put the team first. If couldn't get the job done, I would come off the field."

In only his fourth season in the league, Coe has earned the reputation of playing through pain. The knee was first injured when he hyperextended it on a play against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers three games ago. Earlier that game, the 25-year-old dislocated a finger that needed to be violently put back in place.

"The first time I saw it was last night at my uncle's place on tape," said Coe of his knee. "When it bowed back there, I was like whoo ... oh God!"

When Coe came off against B.C. and then Montreal, third-year Canadian Marc Calixte took his place.

Because Coe is trying to play, Calixte was pushed back this week to taking second-team reps in practice. But the Montreal native is preparing just like he would be starting.

"Having Coe injured is not something I wish for but it's something I have to prepare for," Calixte said. "It's surprising to me when I get on the field but that's what I want -- to be out there."

Coe has full confidence in his replacement, so he doesn't believe he shouldn't dress and at least give it a try.

"Marc still gets his regular reps all week and knows what's going on," Coe said. "I talk to him all the time about strategies. The coaches wouldn't have him here if he couldn't play."

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STAMPS AWARDED: The CFL honoured Henry Burris for his best effort in Red and White last week against Montreal. The Stampeders quarterback was named offensive player of the week, going 17-of-22 passing for 327 yards and two TDs, while also running for 96 yards on 13 carries.

Kicker Sandro DeAngelis received special-teams honours for his four field goals, which included a game-winner at the buzzer from 38 yards out.

Toronto DB Kenny Wheaton captured the defensive honour after helping the Argos to a 22-18 win over the Eskimos Saturday. Toronto DL Eric England was named lineman of the week.


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