Tuesday Burris' D-Day

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

With their franchise player in a shoulder sling, the Calgary Stampeders are bracing themselves for the worst.

Before the sky starts falling because of Henry Burris' left shoulder injury, Stamps head coach Tom Higgins wants to wait and see the extent of the damage done in Friday's 24-20 loss in Hamilton.

In the final minute of play, Burris scrambled to the sidelines and dove out of bounds. Tiger-Cats linebacker Zeke Moreno landed on Burris' back, dislocating his shoulder.

Burris was scheduled for an MRI yesterday, but the Stamps won't make an official statement on how much action the quarterback will miss until Tuesday.

Most shoulder separations take about four to six weeks to heal, which would put Burris out for the rest of the regular season.

"They were able to put it back into place without much difficulty," Higgins said yesterday after returning home from Ontario.

"He's in a somewhat high degree of pain. We don't have any time parameters whatsoever. Everything is conjecture at this point in time.

"If there is more damage, it will be much longer. If there's minimal damage, it will be a much shorter time frame.

"Knowing that, the next task at hand is to rally around Akili Smith.

"When you start to speculate, somebody may say he's done for the season, but that may not necessarily be the case. We don't want to say anything when we really don't know how (long) it is."

Higgins completely ruled Burris out for Calgary's game Saturday in B.C., adding it is highly unlikely the pivot would return the following Monday to face Saskatchewan at McMahon Stadium.

Burris received treatment yesterday but wasn't made available to the media for a statement on his condition.

The 32-year-old will talk Tuesday about his situation and how much action he might miss.

This is the first action Burris will miss since tearing thumb ligaments in his left hand midway through the 2005 season.

The hit could have been penalized for being late as Burris was out of bounds when Moreno landed on him.

Instead, Smith came in cold for a third-down attempt that was picked off by Dwight Anderson, sealing the win for the Tiger-Cats, just their second this season.

Higgins didn't want to get into a discussion on whether the hit was late, but did say the sequence of events blew up on the Stamps.

"It wasn't called. If it was called, it was first-and goal on the two-yard line," Higgins said.

"In our excitement, we had 13 men in the huddle and were pushed back. Akili still threw a good ball, and if we made a play on it, we would be talking about a win, not a loss. It's reminiscent of what we did last year (with turnovers)."

For the time being, the Stamps aren't anxious to bring in another quarterback to fill the roster spot.

Second-year pivot Barrick Nealy moves into the backup spot with Smith preparing to start against the Lions.

After the game, Higgins had to deal with Burris' injury, plus offensive-line coach Kris Sweet having an anxiety attack that was first believed to be a heart attack.


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