The future for Henry Burris is in doubt after the Calgary Stampeders star quarterback got hurt trying to pull off a comeback Friday in Hamilton.
His efforts were valiant, to say the least, but in trying to score a game-saving touchdown, in a game they would lose 24-20, he was tripped, hit the ground in a stretched out position, then was pounded by a Hamilton defender, out of bounds, we might add.
The result is a dislocated shoulder and possibly several weeks on the sideline, although the club is holding back on an official announcement.
It means first year CFL pivot Akili Smith will start Saturday when the club tees it up in B.C. Against the Lions.
But it also means a quick hunt for another quarterback. And general manager Jim Barker was telling me yesterday he has an instant problem with that because of the question of the Burris injury. In this search, Barker said he's may find "a guy who knows this system or will it be a guy who has CFL experience. All those things will be determined in the next couple of days once we find out exactly where we are with Hank."
He admits on his list he has "players with no CFL experience, some with limited experience and guys with extensive CFL experience, plus guys on other people's roster that we could try to trade for. That will be determined only when we know what Hank's status is."
This was a big blow for the Stampeders, but as bad as it is for Henry, life must go on, the season must be carried on. But it's mid-season and the pressure is on.
HEFF MAKES WORLD CUP TEAM
I'm not sure many realize what a coup it was for Calgary's Wes Heffernan to be selected to represent Canada at the Mission Hills World Cup of golf in China this November.
This year's two-time Canadian Tour winner will join Mike Weir in making up the Canadian entry at the $5 million dollar event that will attract teams from almost 30 nations.
The Silver Springs member is only the second Calgarian to be so honoured as Frank Fowler, then of Canyon Meadows, was picked back in the mid 1960s.
Canada has won the event three times, with Dan Halldorson on the squad in 1980, with Jim Nelford in Bogota, Colombia and again in 1985 in California with Dave Barr.
The first win was in Rome in 1968, with Al Balding and George Knudson winning the title as Balding was the low individual in the affair. Knudson was low in the 1966 event and Stan Leonard claimed that honour in 1959.
This event actually started as the Canada Cup and the first two events under that name were staged in Montreal in 1953 and 54.