McNeil frustrated with injury

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

For Jay McNeil, the only thing worse than getting beat by the B.C. Lions was having to watch and do nothing about it.

The Calgary Stampeders starting left guard injured his right calf early in the loss and was in street clothes by the final gun.

The 36-year-old won't be able to help the Stamps get back on track either because he will be out likely two games.

"It's extremely disappointing," McNeil said. "I'm trying to approach it with a good attitude, but when you get to my age, you don't have a lot of games left.

"To miss a couple isn't fun. More importantly, what we're going through as a team, I feel like I'm letting them down by not being out there."

Veteran Rob Lazeo will likely start in his place when Calgary plays in Edmonton Saturday night.

The Stamps were already without starting left tackle Garrick Jones for the loss to B.C., but Godfrey Ellis stepped in a did a good job.

Still, being without two veteran starters on the left side of the line isn't ideal for head coach Tom Higgins.

"We may push Garrick a bit harder now," Higgins said about Jones' arm injury.

SILVER LINING

One of the few positives from Saturday's loss was the play of the defensive backs, who held the Lions to just 118 yards passing.

Outside of Geroy Simon, no Lions receiver caught more than two passes, while Calgary safety Trey Young picked off two balls.


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