Comiskey's in as Stamps shuffle deck

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

Losing breeds change, so it's no surprise the 1-1 Calgary Stampeders will juggle their lineup this week.

The moves come in part to accommodate the return of two injured players and also in search of a winning formula after falling Saturday night in Edmonton.

Sophomore o-lineman John Comiskey is expected to make his first start at centre, in place of Godfrey Ellis.

Comiskey is a multi-purpose lineman drafted last spring out of Windsor who looked comfortable snapping the ball in pre-season.

"Versatility has always been something for me," said Comiskey, 25.

"I've had the ability to move around and grasp new positions. I just want to get a win. It's a well-respected unit we're facing in the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. They've got some really good interior linemen on defence.

"I enjoy centre, I think it's probably my most natural position and I can fit in and play just about everything. I've played every position on the o-line but centre, so why not? There's no reason not to.

"Last year I got in and played some fullback, played some left guard and, if they asked me to play slot, you'd see me out there at receiver. I just do what I'm told."

In other moves, injured right tackle Jeff Pilon (groin) will be replaced by Tyler Lynem.

Tony Tiller has been taking first-team reps at halfback and will likely be added to the active roster.

Veteran linebacker George White (Achilles) has been deemed healthy after five months of rehab, returning to his strong-side linebacker spot temporarily held by Khalid Abdullah.

First-year import wide receiver Scotty Anderson (knee) also has been practising this week in anticipation of returning to the lineup.

Ellis said he wasn't sure why he wouldn't be making his third straight start, although quarterback Henry Burris said the changes shouldn't affect the offence.

"Godfrey did a good job," Burris said. "If Pilon can't go, then we'll have to make some changes. We'll go out there and stick with our same game plan no matter who's up front.


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