Linebacker's injury gets early test

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:33 AM ET

It only took five plays for the Calgary Stampeders to find out George White's Achilles is no longer his weakness.

Playing his first game since off-season surgery, the linebacker faced imposing Hamilton Tiger-Cats fullback Julian Radlein for his first chance at a tackle.

Radlein plowed all of his 245 lb. into White while trying to reach for the first-down marker in Calgary's win Thursday night.

White held his ground, pushed back hard, held him to a small gain and proved his injury is completely healed.

"I wouldn't have stepped out on the field if I didn't think I could handle it," said White, who hadn't done much contact in practice.

"This is my seventh year in the league, I don't need to practice tackling."

The first two games of the season without White was the longest stretch the big four linebacking group has been broken up since the start of 2004.

Brian Clark, Scott Coe, John Grace and White were reunited Thursday and, once again, the Stamps defence dominated.

"I know what those guys are going to do every play," White said. "It was easy being back. We have a nice little bond and when one person isn't playing, it's a little odd for everybody."

NATIONAL PRIDE: A day after running off the McMahon Stadium turf in a wild celebration, Sandro DeAngelis had another reason to party last night. Italy beat Ukraine 3-0 yesterday in the World Cup and DeAngelis was smiling ear to ear again.

The Stampeders kicker booted a 45-yard game-winning field goal to beat the Ticats Thursday night, then sprinted into the locker-room much like a soccer striker would have. It was his way of showing support for the country in which his family originated.

"Football jerseys are so tight or else I would have ripped it off and put it over my head," DeAngelis said about his celebration. "That was just my tribute to the Italians."

EXTRA POINTS: RB David Allen may be ready to return next week in Saskatchewan. He participated in run down yesterday ... The Stamps are taking a long weekend and return to the practice field Tuesday.


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