With Lions looming, Stamps shouldn't say bye

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Tom Higgins has a few guidelines for the bye week, but the first rule is the time off doesn't start until Saturday.

The Calgary Stampeders coach's biggest fear is having 42 players whose minds have left town before their bodies follow.

But once the Stamps play the B.C. Lions tomorrow night at McMahon Stadium (8 p.m., TSN, subject to blackout), they can get ready for nearly eight days off.

"It's already been addressed," Higgins said. "Having been in the CFL for many years, I've seen teams go on the bye before they play their game. That can be disastrous.

"We had the opportunity to talk about it -- to make sure to take care of it afterwards -- but make the necessary arrangements beforehand.

"They knew about this when we gave them the yearly practice plan, so this shouldn't be a surprise to them. Half the players are splitting town, and that's not a bad thing. We want them to be out of town when they're supposed to be out of town, but not before."

Higgins has a few rules for what they should do on their time off.

"What we don't want them doing is motorcycle riding without a helmet, skydiving without a parachute or rock climbing without safety harnesses," Higgins said with a smile.

"White-water rafting is OK if they have a life vest and a tour guide. Common sense needs to prevail.

"Everyone lives their life a bit differently. I won't be jumping out of an airplane, although it would be exhilarating. I will keep my feet on the ground for the time we have off."

George will see action

With the return of Anthony Gargiulo from his ankle injury, the Stampeders are working on keeping Tearrius George on the field.

George has taken a few reps this week at nose tackle and would likely rotate with Randy Chevrier and Demetrious Maxie. George has a sack in each of the past two games, while seeing more action because of injuries to Gargiulo and Keron Williams (groin).

"He's developing into a decent inside pass rusher in this league," said defensive line coach Casey Creehan. "Teams know his number now. They're going to be talking about him in game planning.

EXTRA POINTS

Stamps DB Crance Clemons has returned to his starting spot at cornerback, moving Sadrick Williams to the halfback position in place of Calvin Bannister ... OL Jay McNeil still hasn't participated in drills and appears set to miss his third straight game.


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