Coming off bench Commonplace for backup

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Rob Lazeo is having deja vu again.

The last time Lazeo walked into Commonwealth Stadium, he was replacing a key member of the Calgary Stampeders offensive line.

So yesterday was very familiar for the veteran backup.

With centre John Comiskey out with a shoulder injury, it will be Lazeo's job to put the ball in Henry Burris' hands tonight against the Edmonton Eskimos (7 p.m., TSN).

In the Stamps' first trip to Edmonton, Lazeo started at left guard because Jay McNeil was out with a calf injury. Just the life of a super reserve.

"I don't see it as any different as any other game," said Lazeo, who played about half of Monday's 35-24 win at McMahon Stadium in relief of Comiskey. "We may have to step it up a bit intensity wise. We took it to them the last couple of games.

"The score didn't show up as a blowout but we've dominated their front seven the past couple of games. They are going to be fired up because they are at home and don't want to be swept."

The pre-season trade that brought Lazeo over from Saskatchewan looked lopsided at the time because Calgary gave up running back Wes Cates, who has become the starter for the 'Riders.

But who knows where the Stamps would have been without Lazeo covering for injuries at various positions.

"Injuries happen in football and it's part of the game," Lazeo said. "It's nice for me to get all the playing time I've been getting, so hopefully it keeps going well."

BURRIS BEST

Because of three games topping the 300-yard mark in passing, Stamps pivot Henry Burris was named offensive player of the month for August.

But receiver Nik Lewis doesn't expect Burris to stop at six straight 300-yard performances.

"He should be able to get 15 straight 300-yard games and win player of the year," Lewis said. "I don't want to put pressure on him but I have that much belief in him. He has the support around him to get it done."


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