Brandon Browner put a scare into the Calgary Stampeders yesterday the way he's been frightening opposing receivers all year.
The lanky cornerback, who is a strong candidate for rookie of the year, came down awkwardly on his ankle in practice yesterday after going up for a ball intended for receiver Ryan Thelwell.
Browner waved off the golf cart, limped off the field and went for X-rays while on crutches. He returned at the end of practice to say it isn't as bad as first thought but still sprained.
He's questionable for Friday's matchup in Hamilton, although Browner said he will get on the plane tonight when the Stamps travel to Ontario.
"There are no fractures or tears, just a sprain," Browner said. "If we get the swelling down, I'll be OK.
"It's always frustrating to be hurt, whether it's minor or major."
Once Browner left practice, Sadrick Williams moved over to his boundary corner position.
Williams has filled in at field corner when Crance Clemons missed a game, plus played a couple of games at halfback before Dwaine Carpenter emerged at a legitimate starter.
Over the past few weeks on the practice roster, Williams has dove into learning the playbook for every spot just in case of this scenario.
"My mom told me to learn everything so they can't send me home," said Williams, who's in his second year with the team.
"She calls me every day to see if I'm playing. Last year, I played every game, so she's wondering what's happening this year.
"I told her this is a business and this is a great team with a lot of talent. I'm just waiting my turn and trying to stay positive."
Browner has just one interception this season but that is a product of opposing teams staying away from his man.
But the 23-year-old has forced three fumbles, doled out 43 hits and leads the team in special-teams tackles.
The Tiger-Cats are expected to get running back Jesse Lumsden back from injury and Browner would like to get him back for getting burned on a swing pass in Week 1.
Stamps defensive-backs coach Tim Burke said he doesn't expect to be at a disadvantage if the club needs to put Williams in instead.
"Obviously, Brandon is a special kind of player but Sadrick has done well for us," Burke said.