Linebacker's Iron-man streak ends

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

The list of Scott Coe injuries is a long one, but he's never been on the injured list with the Calgary Stampeders.

Separated shoulder, bruised ribs, broken hand and dislocated finger have all been played through.

However, all those are upper-body ailments, and now Coe will miss tomorrow's outing against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2 p.m., McMahon Stadium) with a knee injury.

This ends his iron-man streak at 68 games, which is currently the best on the club.

"I pride myself on not missing any games," said Coe. "It's something that will put me on the sidelines for a week but we're taking it day by day."

Last season, fellow linebacker Brian Clark's consecutive games streak ended at 111 starts, giving his good friend some bragging rights.

The two players joined the Stamps at the same time for the 2004 season, and Clark has seen Coe tape up some ugly injuries, including this season when the Canadian suffered a broken hand against Montreal but kept playing.

"I wouldn't call him tough ... maybe injury prone," said Clark with a laugh.

"If you play hurt all the time, it may because he's always injured. He is tough and plays through a lot of pain, but the pharmaceutical companies help with that.

"He probably could have sat down a few times. But he's the ratio-breaker and plays an important role. We needed him out there and he was out there."

During practice this week, Coe doesn't know what to do with himself. Trainer Pat Clayton doesn't want him walking around the field because someone could run into him and he needs to rest the knee.

The 27-year-old certainly doesn't know what to expect when he watches from the sidelines tomorrow.

"This whole week has been weird," Coe said.

"I've been here early for treatment. Then I ask what I should do.

"Normally, it's groundhog day with us players. We do the same routine every day."

Oddly, Coe was injured in his 100th career CFL game. Playing that many games is a feat in itself for Coe, who has been a starter since leaving Hamilton and signing with Calgary as a free agent.

"I remember coming into my first games in Hamilton being a special teams guy," Coe said. "I was just hoping to make the team.

"Once you are there, you take it day by day and week by week. I've seen a lot of good players get released from teams I've been on or traded. To think I've made it 100 games, it's something to be really proud of.

"But I have to make sure I can beat Clarky at some point. If we're talking again after another 112 games, I will be very impressed with myself."


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