Bum hip flexor hobbles Dales

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders insist punter Burke Dales is OK despite handing over the duties to two other players during yesterday's workout.

Dales came up lame in special teams drills prior to the main practice while placekicker Sandro DeAngelis and receiver Mike Juhasz both took turns honing their punting skills.

Even long-snapper Randy Chevrier could be seen showing off his strong leg hoofing the pigskin downfield.

Dales was limping along the sidelines but doesn't seem concerned about missing a start in the most important game of the CFL season.

"I don't think there's a real chance of me not playing, although we're taking it day-by-day right now," Dales said.

"I tweaked my hip flexor in specials (yesterday) morning working with the holders and snappers. I extended a drop and threw it out a little too far, overextended to get it and something tweaked, so I'll be doing some therapy now."

Nothing to worry about, according to special teams co-ordinator Craig Dickenson.

"He's fine," Dickenson said.

"I don't think it's an issue and we're not planning on doing anything."

As for Plan B?

"It would be Sandro and, if not him, we'd use Mike," Dickenson said. "Burke didn't punt (yesterday) but he's going to be fine. His leg is just sore and we're resting him."

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