Practice wears 'em down

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

Sheldon Napastuk is showing the typical signs of wear and tear in his eighth CFL training camp.

The non-import nose tackle said the steady stream of two-a-day workouts over the past 10 days has affected his lower back but, thankfully, the end is near.

"Today's Day 10 and I didn't get much sleep last night. My head hurts. Hell, everything hurts today," Napastuk groaned yesterday.

"That's just typical Day 12 pains, or whatever frickin' day we're on now.

"The body's actually feeling pretty good. We're in one of those unique situations where we're getting all of our double days out of the way early. It creates a rhythm but some days the body just doesn't respond. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel right now."

The team is scheduled for two sessions today and another double day next Monday. The rest of the final week of camp will be two-hour morning sessions, save for pre-season game days Friday and next Thursday.

CANADIAN BLOOD: How is it LB Walter Spencer, born in the Motor City, is considered a non-import?

"I was born in Detroit but my mom is Canadian and I went to school in Windsor," explained Spencer, 27.

Spencer played at JL Forster high in Windsor and junior football in the CJFL with the AKO Fratmen before attending college in Indianapolis.

The former Saskatchewan Roughrider signed with the Stampeders in the off-season and his non-import status makes him a valuable commodity. He is expected to play a key role on special teams.

POINTS AFTER: Import LB George White (Achilles) returned to partial practice yesterday ... Import DL Terrence Patrick (ankle, hip) expects to return to practice today ... Non-import LB David Decoite and import WR Vince Strang have been released ... The team still has 66 players in camp, with 55 expected to make the trip to Vancouver Friday for the first exhibition game.


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