The most debilitating foe Demetrious Maxie side-stepped during his nearly two months on the sidelines? Doritos.
Giant bags, in fact, of Zesty Doritos, a nemesis the Stampeders defensive end says he grudgingly eluded while losing nearly 15 lb., during a lengthy and strenuous rehab for his busted left leg.
"I didn't eat," noted Maxie, whose left fibula was broken Aug. 18 in Montreal.
"Well, I ate but not as much," he clarified. "With me hurting my leg, I thought that if I put on more weight, I'd be off longer so I had to monitor what I was eating.
"Zesty Doritos, that's my favourite."
The 12-year CFL veteran, who turns 32 next week, yesterday slipped into his cramped little cubby-hole corner of the Stampeders locker-room after his final full practice in preparation for tomorrow's visit by the 3-11 Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Maxie expects his streamlined 6-ft. 3-in., 270-lb. frame will provide him with an added jump chasing whomever the Tabbies start at QB -- No. 1 Danny McManus or backup Marcus Brady.
"It's depending on who's in at quarterback," explained Maxie, who recorded five sacks through the first eight games of the CFL season, just three shy of team leader Rahim Abdullah.
"Danny Mac releases the ball a little quicker. If our DBs can lock the receivers down and he has to pump the ball more, we'll get to him. He might throw interceptions but he's not going to hang onto that ball, so it's tough to get sacks on him.
"If Marcus (Brady) is back there, he's a scrambling, Damon Allen-type and we'll be able to get to him, too."
The Tabbies are apparently still ruminating over whether McManus or Brady will play against Calgary, whose own quarterbacking woes are expected to subside with the return of offensive linchpin Henry Burris after missing three starts with torn ligaments in his left thumb.
McManus struggled before being yanked midway through the Ticats' last game, giving way to Brady, who connected for a pair of TD tosses.
The Tabbies will also feature a new-look backfield since the last time the teams met a month ago. Fullback Julian Radlein will be blocking for newcomer Jesse Lumsden, whom the Stamps passed over in last spring's Canadian College Draft.
While Maxie is boasting a slimmer look this fall, he's also convinced two months of weight training will improve his quickness and power.
"I haven't lost my strength, if anything I've gotten stronger," said Maxie, revitalized by avoiding the body crunching blows encountered by most of his teammates the past six games.
"I wouldn't say rested because I've been working hard trying to get my leg right but I would say I'm probably not as beat up as I was or as the other players are right now. But rested? Hell no."