Cheering section for Stamp vet

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

HAMILTON -- This may not be Jay McNeil's last visit to Ivor Wynne Stadium as an active player, but it's being treated that way.

McNeil, who's from nearby London, Ont., will have a huge contingent of friends and family cheering him on when the Calgary Stampeders take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats tonight (5:30 p.m., TSN).

It's easy to imagine this being the 37-year-old's final year in Red and White, although the outstanding left guard hasn't made an official decision about whether this is his last active visit to the Hammer.

"We'll see," said McNeil. "This one for sure but we'll see about next year."

By getting some tickets from teammates, McNeil snagged his family nearly 20 freebies but expects even more to pay their way tonight.

He appreciates all those who will be wearing Red and White in what can be a lively Hamilton crowd.

"I have a little over 30 coming," McNeil said. "All the Stampeders fans we can have will help.

"This is a tough place to play. We've had issues coming in here in the past."

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Sitting out is rough for anyone, but likely having to miss will be especially rough on Brock Ralph tonight.

The Tiger-Cats' leading receiver has a shoulder injury suffered last week against Winnipeg, meaning he won't get to face his brother Brett for the second time this season.

What's worse is Ralph won't be able to continue developing chemistry with new QB Casey Printers.

"It sounds like when you're 1-10, there is no reason to play and no reason to push an injury," Ralph said. "That's when you feel you are needed most.

"When Casey comes in, I want to build timing and improve with him, making him confident in getting me the ball. You think about that and hope you don't miss too many weeks. Timing and trust is big now."


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