Dales punted to pine

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

Burke Dales understands the Calgary Stampeders move to hand the punting duties to Duncan O'Mahony this week.

Doesn't mean he's happy about the decision made by head coach Tom Higgins.

"I'm obviously not pleased about it, but I've said from day one, right from training camp, that whatever's going to better this team, I'm on board with," said Dales, who returned to practice yesterday and joined the three-man kicking crew that also included Sandro DeAngelis.

"If that means bringing in competition, bringing in a guy they feel can do the job better, so be it. It's team number one right now, I just hope to get an opportunity to shine again."

Dales will been placed on the one-game injured list for Friday's meeting with the B.C. Lions while O'Mahony is given a shot. O'Mahony was brought in for training camp but cut.

Who'll be kicking when the club plays its home-and-home series with Edmonton starting Labour Day is anybody's guess.

Consistency has been the biggest problem for Dales, a West Division all-star last season.

He's used his booming leg to drive long, high punts but too often has come up shy of expectations in pressure situations.

"I've have some inconsistent games. Yes, I would agree with that," Dales admitted. "But at the end of the day, I'm averaging 45 yards a punt and netting 40 yards a punt. There's a lot more in the tank, I have a lot more potential to come out yet.

"I was finally starting to groove it last game, I had a few mishit balls, but it's about working harder, getting into a groove and coming through in the clutch.

"It all comes down to the mental side. I have to be more mentally focused and everything else will take care of itself."

BLOW FOR BOERIGTER

It won't be a knee injury that keeps import receiver Marc Boerigter out of the lineup this week. It'll be a coach's decision.

Tom Higgins said Boerigter will be the odd-man out among receivers for the second game in a row.

"He's falling a little bit short of what we expect the expectations to be, his as well as the team's," Higgins said.

Boerigter left after practice without speaking to the media.

Both Nik Lewis and Ken-Yon Rambo were scratched earlier this season and both have returned better players.

"We need to assess the receiving corps as a whole and we feel we haven't lived up to our expectations," Higgins said. "There's a lot of strain on a football team when it's not producing and it's not winning."


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