Playtime over for Stamp

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

Sticking with the Calgary Stampeders has meant Cornelius Anthony often puts down children's books to read from the playbook.

Over the past year and half, the linebacker has taken home plenty of information on the four positions he was backing up in the Stamps' defence.

With three daughters at home -- all under the age of three -- playtime often turned to playbook time.

"You have to do a lot of studying," said Anthony, who will start tomorrow against B.C. in place of the injured Brian Clark. "It's a sacrifice but that's why we get paid the way we do. It's a demanding job."

Luckily for Anthony, he has been getting paid his full salary by the Stamps since arriving at the start of 2005.

The Texas A&M product didn't break into a linebacking spot in training camp -- no one could because the spots are occupied by Clark, John Grace, Scott Coe and George White -- but he became a reserve at the inside positions.

Because Anthony was impressive in his brief action, the Stamps couldn't place him on the practice roster for fear of losing him to another team. So the 28-year-old sat and waited, collecting his paycheque on injured reserve and only playing five games during the regular season on special teams.

He returned this training camp facing a situation in which one position was open for two weeks because of White's off-season injury but the starters were set again.

A lesser man may have given up to find something more stable to feed his family but Anthony stuck with football.

"It was very tough to be content with sitting and collecting a cheque and not being able to go out there and compete to show what you can do," Anthony said. "You need a chance to show off the things you worked on in the off-season and in practice.

"Everyone in this locker-room has a competitive nature but I probably have the most ... Being in practice but not in games, it's very tough."

EXTRA POINTS: The Stamps are doing some shuffling this week due to RB David Allen's expected return from a knee injury and LBs Brian Clark (hamstring) and Cam Yeow (neck) out. DB Joey Boese was cut to make room for Allen, while LB Marc Mitchell will be activated from the practice roster ... The Stamps have added former Ottawa Renegades FB Gilles Lezi and import DB Kevin House to the development roster while releasing WR Moses Harris.


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