Stamp lines up to fit in

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:50 AM ET

Maybe it's his laid-back Caribbean heritage or some supreme confidence in his own ability.

Godfrey Ellis doesn't seem overly worried about facing one of the toughest defensive fronts in the CFL this week, or that he is filling in at arguably the toughest spot on the offensive line.

Calgary Stampeders left tackle Garrick Jones hasn't taken part in first-team reps all week because of his right forearm injury and is iffy to go against the Lions tomorrow at McMahon Stadium.

"If need be and I have to fill in, I'm ready to take it on," said Ellis, who would start in Jones' place.

"You can't run away from this. You can't run away from any challenge in this league because everybody is good. I accept whatever challenge they put in front of me."

Jones took a helmet to his wrist early in training camp and has played through the pain since.

But he re-injured it against the Argos and Ellis, who grew up in the Bahamas, was pressed into action.

Stamps offensive line coach Kris Sweet said Ellis did an admirable job and would be able to replace Jones for a full game if needed.

"When the backup goes in, there shouldn't be any dropoff," Sweet said.

"He's supposed to prepared himself all week like he's one snap away.

"I wasn't worried at all (sending him in). Godfrey is a tremendous athlete for a big guy. Does he have as much experience? Not as much as you would like but he has played before."

Ellis is in his third season with the Stamps and took over at centre from Jamie Crysdale during his rookie campaign.

John Comiskey took that job last season and Ellis was strictly a backup at guard.

This would be his first start since 2005 and it comes against a line featuring the league's leader in quarterback sacks, Brent Johnson, who is the reigning Canadian and defensive player of the year.

"He's a great player but they have other great players," Ellis said.

"We can't run our offence based on one guy.

"We're just going to play our normal game plan and be physical."

The Stamps will also dress tackle Tyler Lynem as a backup this week as he's ready to return from torn thumb ligaments, which he suffered the same day Jones hurt his wrist.

"I'm very excited about this," said Lynem, who may wear a brace or cast on his repaired hand.

"It's good to know they have faith in me coming back on time.

"I'm happy to be back at the same time I was projected to be back."


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