For Trey Young, dropping a game to the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week was truly a hard-luck loss.
The Calgary Stampeders safety fought through three tough quarters, highlighted by a touchdown pass thrown through his arms, an interception drop and a missed sack.
Then, when things looked to be turning around and he leaped up to pick off 'Riders quarterback Kerry Joseph, the second-year Stampeder twisted his knee on the landing.
Young missed most of the first two workouts this week nursing the sore knee as his teammates prepared for their rematch with the Roughriders tomorrow (McMahon Stadium, 5 p.m.).
"That injury kind of messed me up," Young said. "It started to get sore after the game. I was out there fighting it."
Young doesn't feel like he played badly in the loss to the 'Riders but just didn't get the bounces.
Joseph threaded the needle on the TD pass to Jason Armstead but Young still came close to picking it off.
He later wrapped up Joseph on a blitz only to have the pivot dump the ball off to Armstead for a first down.
When Young read Joseph and stepped in front of a pass only to record a knock down, he knew it wasn't going to be his day.
"That one hit me in the hands but he threw a bullet," Young said. "I claim to have some good hands but the ball hit me real hard and hit the ground.
"I tried to keep my head up because I knew I could get a chance to make another play."
On both touchdown passes Joseph threw last week, the Stamps secondary appeared to have the receivers covered.
Although they picked off Joseph twice -- Sadrick Williams had the other one -- the 'Riders pivot wasn't afraid to put the ball up and let his receivers fight for it.
"He isn't scared to throw into traffic," Young said. "He shouldn't be. He has some great receivers in (Matt) Dominguez, Armstead and (Jason) French. It's our job to go out there and shut him down."
The best example of that was on Dominguez's touchdown where Coby Rhinehart had a blanket on his receiver but Dominguez still managed to pick it up before it hit the turf.
"The one on Coby, the coverage was great and the ball got bumped around a bit," Young said. "He made a great play to snag it. You can't fault Coby."