Twisted ankle hurts

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

Jeremaine Copeland hobbled out of the Stampeders locker-room yesterday wearing a boot cast on his right ankle while lugging home a Gatorade cooler full of ice. Not a great sign just four days prior to the most important game of the regular season.

The valuable Stampeders slotback was carted off the practice field and could miss the Labour Day Classic with a sprained ankle, yet insists he'll be ready by Monday.

"Hell yeah, I'll play," Copeland said while limping in obvious discomfort.

"I stepped on a bad spot and rolled it and now I have a sprained tendon but I'll be all right. I'm just in pain right now."

Copeland is the Stampeders leading receiver through nine games with 42 catches for 735 yards, second in the CFL behind only Edmonton's Jason Tucker.

Head coach Tom Higgins said the injury will be re-evaluated today after the swelling subsides.

"We'll know more (today)," Higgins said. "Hopefully it's just a sprain that he can walk off."

NEW FACES: The Stampeders have three new players in camp.

Former NFL receiver Kori Dickerson, recently cut by the Cincinnati Bengals, worked out yesterday with the team and could be activated for Labour Day. The 6-ft. 5-in., 250-lb. TE also spent time in Washington and Philadelphia.

The Stampeders are also looking at non-import running back Craig Carr, a 6-ft. 200-lb. Eskimos draft picks in 2000, and import DB Charles Ealy, a UNLV product.

BRING A CAN: The Stamps and the Calgary Inter-Faith Food bank will be joining forces for the 15th Annual 'Be A Fan, Bring A Can.'

The event is spearheaded by the wives and girlfriends of Stampeders coaches and players and will be located at each of the McMahon Stadium entrances collecting any non-perishable food items or cash donations.

In 2004, the annual food drive raised an impressive $20,900 in cash and food donations raising the 14-year total to over $268,634 in cash and food donations.

EXTRA POINTS: Referee John (Jake) Ireland -- one of the league's longest-serving officials -- will call his 500th CFL game tonight when Ottawa heads to Montreal ... The Stamps starting linebacking crew will have an autograph session Sunday at Collector's Paradise (No. 10 -- 3220 5 Ave. N.E.) from 1-3 p.m. To chat with Brian Clark, Scott Coe, George White and John Grace, bring a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank.


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