Crance encounter

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:05 AM ET

Crance Clemons walked off the practice field yesterday plenty winded but able to force a smile.

For the first time since training camp, the Calgary Stampeders defensive back participated in drills with his teammates.

His injured hamstring felt good and Clemons could be ready to return as early as Thursday in Montreal when the 5-4 Stamps take on the Alouettes.

After getting chosen in the third round of the Ottawa dispersal draft by the Stamps, Clemons' tenure in Calgary quickly went south.

He had numerous setbacks and was forced to sit and watch as his new team played its first nine games.

"I can't stand on the sidelines because it's too disheartening," said the 26-year-old. "I took a seat in the stands and watched with my family.

"My wife can't wait to see me play again. I just hope to make them proud again."

Clemons' hamstring was so bad he could barely play with his three-year-old son, Chaz.

"Every day he wants to throw the football with me," Clemons said. "I couldn't run or chase the ball with him around the house.

"He would throw the ball away and I would have to limp over and get it. "That's the thing that kept me motivated to get back. My wife and little boy look up to me and they want me to get out here and play well."

Clemons, who led the Renegades in interceptions in 2003 before heading to the NFL on a tryout, will have to battle with Sadrick Williams at the field corner position.

EXTRA POINTS: Saskatchewan Roughriders DL Terrell Jurineack's one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Argos QB Eric Crouch three weeks ago was reduced to an undisclosed fine yesterday by the CFL ... Winnipeg added some help at receiver by picking up Kwame Cavil yesterday from Hamilton for a third-round draft pick ... The field at tonight's Argonauts game against the Alouettes will have parts of the baseball diamond left intact because the Blue Jays play at Rogers Centre Monday and the field couldn't be converted in time ... Calgary is off today to participate in Cardel Homes Stamps Camp. There is an autograph session at Cardel Place (3 p.m.) ... Argos QB Damon Allen, whose club hosts Montreal tonight, is only 88 yards short of passing 70,000 for his career.


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