Lewis feeling left out

IAN BUSBY, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

Try telling Nik Lewis this was a meaningless game, especially when he feels he was left out of the offensive plans.

The Calgary Stampeders wrapped up their home schedule with a 33-32 loss last night to the Montreal Alouettes, and Lewis was an angry receiver following it.

"I feel like the 10th receiver on this team," said Lewis, who caught a fourth-quarter touchdown as part of his three grabs for 64 yards.

"I just go out there and push through everything and try to play to my fullest every week. I just play hard ... I guess I'm not as good as I thought I was, let's put it that way."

Lewis' bitter feelings were heard by his head coach Tom Higgins and teammate Jeremaine Copeland, but both shrugged it off.

"There's a 24-hour rule and he violated it," Higgins said.

"Any good receiver would like to have the football. And that's somewhat uncharacteristic because he's actually been pretty good.

"The challenge with it, too, is having the shirt-off-your-back (promotion), because you'd rather have the football players in the locker room first so I have an opportunity to talk with them and try to get them to cool down so they don't say something they'll say, 'I'm sorry' for tomorrow or the next day, which he'll probably come back and do."

Copeland, who led Calgary receivers with six grabs for 130 yards, isn't concerned that Lewis feels he's not getting the ball enough.

"We're using him fine," Copeland said. "That's offence. Sometimes you get the ball and sometimes you don't. You can't be greedy. There's a lot of playmakers on this team and some days you don't get yours."

Henry Burris went 25-of-45 passing for 381 yards with three touchdown passes to Lewis, Ryan Thelwell and Ken-Yon Rambo.

But Burris' three interceptions hurt, as did two fumbles by Joffrey Reynolds.

With one week left in the regular season, the Stamps (7-9-1) can only hope to get things straightened out for the first round of the playoffs because they will finish with their first losing record since 2004.

They play the B.C. Lions next Saturday before heading to Regina to play the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the West semifinal Nov. 11, and this game changed nothing.

"We're all upset," Burris said. "I'm upset because we should have won this game. It's one of those things where we need to get it together and make a push for the playoffs."

Lewis said the team needs to show some major improvements.

"I hope we can go into B.C. and win," Lewis said. "If we play like this, we won't win.

"If we play like this, we won't win in the playoffs, either. We have to get better."


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