Thelwell deflects personal praise

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

Accolades for Ryan Thelwell's breakout game kept rolling in yesterday, but the receiver predicted someone else would get the honours next.

Thelwell won the CFL Canadian of the week award for his seven-catch, 199-yard, two-touchdown performance in the 35-24 Labour Day victory over the Edmonton Eskimos.

He believes it was a team award because the Stampeders offence was clicking so well. Thelwell is just happy his number was called so many times in offensive co-ordinator George Cortez's game plan.

He was able to more than double his season output in yardage, but the veteran Canadian doesn't expect it to happen again tomorrow in the rematch.

"The first thing coach Cortez said in the meeting today was you have to keep working hard because you never know when your number is going to get called," Thelwell said.

"It just happened to be mine on Monday. We have such good receivers that anyone can have a big game at any time."

Thelwell scored his first two touchdowns in Red and White since signing as a free agent from the B.C. Lions.

Saskatchewan quarterback Kerry Joseph won offensive player of the week, B.C. defensive back Ryan Phillips took defensive honours and Toronto kicker Noel Prefontaine received special teams.

Stampeders linebacker Cornelius Anthony was a runner-up for the defensive award for his two-sack performance.

RUFFIN OFF INJURED LIST

Although Stamps defensive back J.R. Ruffin is eligible to return from the nine-game injured list this week, the speedster doesn't expect to see much action.

He still isn't 100% after recovering from knee surgery during training camp, although he did manage to win the race for fastest Stampeder last week, edging fellow DB Brandon Browner.

The Stamps won't be sticking Ruffin on returns if he does play, but he may takes some reps on defence if he gets activated tomorrow in Edmonton.

"I'm available to play, but I don't know effective I would be," Ruffin said.

"If I'm needed, I'm able to play. My percentage is still the same. I'm about 80 percent."

LET'S GET PHYSICAL

Stampeders special teams co-ordinator Craig Dickenson came to the defence of Markus Howell yesterday, saying the two fumbles on kickoff returns weren't entirely the veteran's fault.

Both balls were knocked loose on huge hits by Eskimos defenders.

"We have to do a better job in front of Markus," Dickenson said. "We weren't as physical as we need to be. We had a guy on a guy, but their players were more physical than us and got off some blocks.

"We have to do the same thing this week in getting to the right players, but we need to be more physical on them."

EXTRA POINTS

Stamps C John Comiskey sat out of practice again yesterday and is extremely doubtful for tomorrow's game. Veteran Rob Lazeo will likely take the snaps, while Derek Armstrong could dress as a backup ... The Stamps released import DL A.J. Lindsey and will likely activate John Syptak in his place ... LB Brian Clark will play tomorrow after recovering from his infected knee.


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