Stamps keep docs at bay

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders have escaped the regular season without any more major injuries.

Having a deep, healthy football team bodes well for the CFL playoffs as the Stamps will host the Edmonton Eskimos next Sunday at McMahon Stadium.

The West semifinal is the Stamps' first home playoff contest since 2001 after the team beat the Eskimos 43-23 yesterday at McMahon Stadium.

There were a few bumps and bruises in yesterday's game but nothing appears to be as serious as centre Jamie Crysdale's knee injury that kept the veteran on the sidelines.

Safety Trey Young left the game with an ankle sprain late in the fourth quarter and could be the worst of the walking wounded.

"We just have some bumps and bruises," head coach Tom Higgins said.

"Trey hurt his ankle at the very end. We'll find out about he severity tomorrow.

"It looks like everybody who played in this game will be able to play next week."

If the rookie can't go, the Stamps will insert backup safety Wes Lysack into the starting lineup.

Lysack was the team's starter at that position before being traded to Winnipeg late last season but the club brought him back with a late-season deal for Anthony Malbrough.

The other question mark seems to be with the kickers.

Punter Burke Dales was hobbled by a hip flexor all week but played yesterday, while placekicker Sandro DeAngelis pulled a hip muscle on the opening kickoff yesterday.

"(Marcus Winn) on the first kickoff blindsided me and wasted me pretty good," DeAngelis said. "It's pretty bad with the cold weather and having to stand around.

"We have a week to get ready and I don't anticipate any problems."

The Stamps have a short rundown today and have tomorrow off before hitting the practice field Wednesday to prepare for the Eskimos again.


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