Chatman grins 'n' bears it

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

Jermaine Chatman was walking, albeit gingerly, at Stampeders practice yesterday.

For a man who makes his living on agility and speed, it made the second-year defensive back flash a smile.

"It makes me feel good to know the injury isn't as serious as they thought it was at first," Chatman said after receiving results on an MRI.

The injury in question was a nasty MCL strain in his left knee and a painful bone bruise.

Head coach Tom Higgins said Chatman is expected to return in two to three weeks. He also credited the newly installed FieldTurf for preventing a more serious problem.

"This new surface may have saved him from possibly a season-ending (injury) or at least nine games," Higgins said.

MILES AHEAD: Progress through three days of camp indicates the Stampeders' development is well ahead of last season.

"At the beginning of last year, we were real inconsistent as far as winning one and losing one. That was due to the fact everything was new to us in terms of coaches, plays and how we operated," said starting tailback Joffrey Reynolds.

"This year everybody should start off miles ahead of where we started off last year, so coming out of the gate we should be more experienced and know more of what we want to do as an offence and defence."

Reynolds was second in the CFL last season with 1,437 yards rushing, averaging 5.8 yards per carry, the fifth-best rushing season in Stampeders history.

OUT THE DOOR: Canadian LB Marc Trepanier, selected in this year's Canadian college draft, and import DL Ladarius Jackson, have been released.

MAKING THE CALL: Coaches will now be allowed to call timeouts under one of three rule changes approved by the CFL's board of governors.

The new rules also bar players from using open or closed hands to the face of their opponents and revise the no-yards penalties on kick returns.


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