Nealy now No. 3 at QB

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

There's a little more room in the pocket now.

The Calgary Stampeders settled on their three quarterbacks yesterday with the release of Ryan Cubit.

Head coach Tom Higgins said third-stringer Barrick Nealy will benefit from getting additional snaps.

"A decision had to be made," Higgins said. "Now it's time to let them play.

"It came down to reps and now Barrick won't have to share those third-string reps.

"This solidifies how we're going into the season as far No. 1-2-3."

The Stamps also released defensive backs Rodney McCarter and Adrian Ward and defensive linemen Jim Davis and Anton Lindsay.

Higgins said he thinks Nealy, a 6-ft. 4-in., 235-pounder has the raw skills to develop into a starting pivot in the years to come.

"That would be the plan," he said. "But it depends on the development. In two to three years, we'll know what direction it goes.

"We're going to work with him becaused we feel we have that chance to find that diamond in the rough."

Higgins expects to take approximately 55 players to Regina for Friday night's pre-season finale.

"We're still going into this game with some raging battles."

tough hit to watch

It was the kind of hit offensive lineman dream about: The chance to lay an opponent out.

But when he doesn't get up, the celebration ends pretty fast.

Stampeders offensive lineman Bobby Singh said he was concerned after he sent Edmonton Eskimos defensive lineman Brandon Guillory to the hospital in Friday night's pre-season tilt at McMahon Stadium.

The 6-ft. 4-in., 253-lb. defensive end slid off a block before being blindsided by Singh, who is 70-lb. heavier.

The clean hit knocked Guillory to the turf, where he remained for 15 minutes. He lost feeling in his legs temporarily and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

"Football's a rough sport and sometimes those things happen," said Singh, who spent the past three seasons with the B.C Lions.

"As a lineman, you want to hit guys. You want to be the hammer instead of the nail. I've probably hit guys harder than that. It was probably just the way it happened and I caught him under the chin."

Singh said he started to get a little worried the longer Guillory remained on the turf.

"I talked to coach (Danny) Maciocia after the game to let him know it wasn't a dirty hit," said Singh, who was a 2003 finalist for Outstanding Canadian and Outstanding Lineman in his first tour of duty with the Red and White.

Maciocia acknowledged Singh's hit was clean.

"He never saw it coming," he said. "It was a clean shot.

"The way he hit the ground, I thought someone had shot him from the upper deck, the way his arms were laid out. The longer he stayed down, the more concerned I was."

Guillory was back in Edmonton yesterday after spending a few days in the hospital.

POINTS AFTER

P Duncan O'Mahony (back) is expected to be ready to play Friday but OL John Comiskey (foot) was ruled out.


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