Cavalry rides to rescue but won't be ready to help team

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 11:15 AM ET

HAMILTON -- Reinforcements arrived yesterday for the Calgary Stampeders but it's still too early to tell if any of them will be helpful.

There is simply too little time to get ready for the Toronto Argonauts Thursday to integrate anyone else into the lineup that lost 49-8 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday.

Shortly after the team arrived in Hamilton yesterday, defensive lineman Anthony Gargiulo, defensive back Sadrick Williams, linebacker Rob Rodriguez and running back Ken Simonton checked in from Calgary.

But only Gargiulo, who missed the game Sunday with a thigh injury, has a chance at joining the lineup and reclaiming his starting defensive end spot, but that's only if he's healthy enough.

On a usual week of preparation, head coach Tom Higgins would consider some roster tweaking following a blowout loss.

With just one full practice in three days of preparation, the Stamps won't be able to alter much personnel.

"There is no way this is considered normal because there is no off-time," Higgins said.

Heading into the weekend and the two-game in five-day stretch, the coaching staff was forced to game plan for both opponents while also trying to keep the players focused on Sunday's game.

"We tried to not have it as a distraction," Higgins said. "The coaches did a tremendous amount of work to make this come to fruition."

The support staff also had a busy flight to Hamilton getting Sunday's game-tape ready for coaches. They also wanted to look over film of the Argonauts' win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday.

"We had that tape put on our computers," Higgins said. "Video co-ordinator Ross Folan and his crew did an unbelievable job. They didn't get any sleep and took care of all the coaches needs."

GEORGE FINE BY COACH

Although coach Higgins expects defensive lineman Tearrius George to get a fine from the CFL for being ejected for kicking an opponent Sunday, the Stamps won't be docking George's pay.

"He's suffered enough," said Higgins of George, who might be replaced by Gargiulo.


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