Crysdale on the limp

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders' Iron Man has another nasty dent in his armour.

Veteran centre Jamie Crysdale left last night's 34-17 win over Hamilton after his temperamental left knee seized up at halftime. It's the same joint that required arthroscopic surgery in early August forcing him to miss four games.

"I came out after halftime and was trying to stretch out and it just locked up and I couldn't bend it," a downcast Crysdale, 36, said after the game.

"I have to get it scoped next week -- Monday at the earliest. I don't think I'm done for the year. Last time, it took a couple of weeks so I could be back for the last game of the year (Nov. 6 vs. Edmonton) and the playoffs.

"I just want to get back so that I'm healthy to help out the team however I can."

The August surgery ended his consecutive regular-season game streak at 210 contests earlier this season.

He was replaced in the second half by rookie Godfrey Ellis, who also filled in when Crysdale went down earlier this year.

Now, the 23-year-old rookie could assume the starting role the rest of the season.

"If it happens I've been working hard ever since Jamie got his first injury and I'm ready to step up to the plate and take it on now," Ellis said. "I felt comfortable. I wasn't nervous at all. A few mistakes here and there but for the most part I played fairly decent."

Coach Tom Higgins hopes to have Crysdale back in the lineup in time for the playoffs.

"We're just hoping we can be successful and we could possibly have him for the last regular-season game and hopefully, if we're good enough, we'll be in the playoffs," he said.


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