Stamps coach still reeling

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

Tom Higgins has never seen anything like it in three decades of football.

Not only did the Calgary Stampeders lose a road game against a bottom-feeder Friday, the starting quarterback went down with an injury and then things really got strange.

In the locker-room following a 24-20 loss in Hamilton, offensive line coach Kris Sweet clutched his chest in pain.

An ambulance was called and the first-year Stamps assistant was rushed to hospital.

"It's an anxiety attack now," said Higgins. "It has all the symptoms of a heart attack. We were able to call in our doctor. Enough medical people were there to handle it."

Sweet, 33, was hired this off-season from Columbia University and is in his first year of pro football.

As starting quarterback Henry Burris was being attended to for a dislocated shoulder, half of the locker-room was cleared out while a defibrillator was brought in for Sweet.

"The end of the game became as crazy as I've ever had," Higgins said.

"We have to decide what we can do medically to help Kris cope with the anxiety of coaching in the CFL."


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