Clark not rushing his return

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

Linebacker Brian Clark was an interested but discouraged spectator at yesterday's Calgary Stampeders practice, his strained right hamstring preventing him from fully participating.

"It's a frustrating injury," said Clark.

"You can play with a shoulder injury or a hand injury. That's just pain. But when you can't run, you can't run."

Clark strained his leg in Hamilton two weeks ago and was replaced by Cornelius Anthony in Friday's loss to B.C.

Clark did some light running but isn't 100% and is unlikely to return to the lineup Saturday in Regina.

"Probably not, I'll probably play it safe for one more week," Clark said.

"I've never had this type of injury before so I have nothing to compare it against. I'm just taking (athletic therapist Pat Clayton's) advice so I'm not out for six weeks instead of just a couple."

Receiver/punt returner Ken-Yon Rambo also has been hobbled by a sprained right ankle but is expected to start.

"It's got a little swelling but I'll be ready to go," Rambo said.

"I'd rather play receiver than return punts because returning makes you a little bit more vulnerable. But wherever they want me, I'll be out there."

STEADY AS HE GOES: Head coach Tom Higgins is sometimes criticized for never blowing his stack in the face of adversity.

The team fumbles, Tom's calm. Scoring drives stall, Tom's calm.

Higgins said his current demeanour is the only approach in light of the team's situation.

"I know a lot of people don't like the fact I'm too level-headed and not getting mad," Higgins said.

"If it were to be a benefit and someone could prove it would help our performance, I'd start hollering and screaming. That's not in my makeup."

WILD WEST: A curious trend has developed in the CFL West.

It seems the Stamps have Saskatchewan's number, the Roughies usually have their way with the B.C. Lions while those same Leos take out their frustrations on the Stamps.

Offensive co-ordinator Steve Buratto, with 26 CFL seasons under his belt, has noticed the tendency but is baffled for an answer.

"I don't know what it is," said Buratto, whose Stamps are enjoying a three-game win streak over the Green Machine and now play the Roughies back-to-back.

"The Lions, throughout history, have had a heck of a time beating Saskatchewan.

"And Calgary, if you look at that, has had the upper hand with the 'Riders, even when the 'Riders were better than Calgary, the Stampeders still seemed to have the upper hand.

"It's just one of those quirks of the league."


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