Offsides tripping up Stamps

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

The fact his team has been penalized the most often and for the most yards is enough to infuriate Calgary Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins.

One-third of the infractions have been either illegal procedure or offside, and it has Higgins on the verge of calling for desperate measures.

Asked if he was concerned with the spate of offside and procedure calls taken by his team, Higgins stated, "Were you in our team meeting?" and railed on his troops.

"It's a lack of discipline, but it's a lack of discipline in that you're thinking of something else more than what the snap count is or when the ball moves," Higgins said. "I'd like to come up with a better solution on how to (deal with) it, whether it's capital punishment or to have a cattle prod and zap somebody when they jump offside or go into the neutral zone, but I think it's paying attention to detail.

"Thirty-four percent is a huge amount. That's one area that has to improve."

HEALTH WATCH

It doesn't appear linebacker Scott Coe's broken hand -- which he played with in the second half of the Montreal Alouettes' game -- will keep him out of Friday's game against the B.C. Lions.

"It throbs, it's painful --there's not much to do about it other than wrap it up and play," said Coe after partaking fully in yesterday's practice.

It appears defensive lineman Demetrious Maxie, fresh from retirement, will play at least one more game.

D-lineman Anthony Gargiulo (ankle) practised and appears ready to go.

But receiver Marc Boerigter (knee) and guard Jay McNeil (calf) look like they'll be on the shelf another week.

EXTRA POINTS

After an appeal, the league upheld the one-game suspension handed Edmonton's A.J. Gass for his helmet throwing incident against the Stamps two games ago ... DB Crance Clemons and his wife, Alma, celebrated the birth of their second son Friday. Cayvon came in at 7-lbs., 3-oz.


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