John falls from Grace

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 11:29 AM ET

CALGARY -- John Grace's stock has plummeted in Cowtown.

One year after being named the CFL's Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year, Grace will be a healthy scratch today for the third consecutive game.

"I don't have an answer for it," said the linebacker when asked why he's no longer a worthy piece to the puzzle in this city.

"Your guess is as good as mine."

The coaching staff said this week that they want to give two younger linebackers - Cornelius Anthony and Khalid Abdullah - more playing time.

"(Anthony and Abdullah) will only continue to get better by taking reps," said head coach Tom Higgins.

"They've made some good plays and had some bad plays but that's to be expected.

"Their upside is too good that we'll let them keep playing."

The popular rumour circulating through the league is that Grace is no longer motivated to play.

But if the Stamps were hoping to light a fire under the talented defender by benching him, it doesn't seem to be happening.

"I'm not frustrated because I know I am one of the top defensive players in the league," said the 29-year-old Florida native in his usual personable tone.

"I still believe in myself 100%."

Grace's situation in Calgary is even more interesting considering his contract. Rumoured to be getting a hefty salary, he still has another year left on his deal.


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