Maxie mum

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

Demetrious Maxie, the Stampeders' forgotten man? Impossible.

Out of the lineup the last five weeks with a broken leg, the defensive end's five quarterback sacks is just two behind the team-leading pace set by Rahim Abdullah and one shy of tackle Sheldon Napastuk and linebacker John Grace.

But with the defence's fine play the past month -- it has allowed just six TDs the last five contests, leading the league with 38 sacks while posting a 3-2 record in his absence -- Maxie wants to avoid rushing back against Montreal, possibly upsetting the chemistry.

A more likely return date is the Oct. 14 game against Hamilton, after the entire team enjoys some time off.

"I'm definitely playing after the bye week," said Maxie. "They're going to have to carry me off of the damn field."

Maxie suited up for practice yesterday but spent most of the session testing his leg strength and stamina after countless hours sweating over the treadmill.

"I want to play this week but it doesn't look like it's going to happen," admitted Maxie, whose injury created a roster spot for Jerame Southern.

"It feels good. At first I couldn't even walk ... but I've noticed every day, I feel a little better. I especially don't want to hurt the team. That's the main thing right there.

"They're on a roll right now and I want to keep it that way. If I can't get in there and help out with something positive, I don't want to go in there at all."

Import halfback Anthony Malbrough (hamstring) was on the field but isn't expected to play this week.

Import halfback Joey Boese (hamstring) worked out and could return to the lineup this week. Non-import linebacker Marc Calixte (toe) also practised and might be available.

Centre Jamie Crysdale, who has been hampered by a sore knee, didn't practise but attended meetings and is expected to start.

REYNOLDS RECOGNITION: Joffrey Reynolds' 185-yard, two TD night against Ottawa earned CFL offensive player of the week honours.

It was the seventh-best game for a Stampeders running back, while Reynolds will have to respond again this week to help young starting quarterback Danny Wimprine, in his first CFL start against Montreal.

Reynolds had 15 carries for 81 yards in a 40-37 win over the Alouettes last month in Montreal.

HIGGINS STILL CHAMP: Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins retained his undisputed title belt yesterday in a rather brief, impromptu wrestling match with Ken-Yon Rambo.

Higgins, an all-American and captain of the wrestling team at North Carolina State in the early 1970s, made short work of Rambo's locker-room challenge, throwing the import receiver on his back in a matter of seconds.

"That's happened a number of times and it was really short," smiled Higgins, almost twice Rambo's age.

"Ken-Yon is NOT a wrestler but I've been challenged a couple of times, so I usually throw them down on the ground, then they come back and I do it again.

"That was easy."


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