Injuries to campers piling up

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:12 AM ET

Another day of camp, another handful of casualties for the Calgary Stampeders.

In yesterday's morning session, import offensive lineman Nello Faulk injured his knee and needed the golf cart to get off the field. That came after defensive lineman Pat MacDonald hurt his shoulder and was sent for an MRI.

Faulk is done for the season, while MacDonald is listed as being out indefinitely.

"He hurt it in a form tackling drill," head coach John Hufnagel said about MacDonald's injury.

"Both injuries were a freak of nature, but I don't expect Pat's to be too serious."

Faulk was in agony when he was hurt during a normal blocking drill. Hufnagel was only a few feet away and watched the scene unfold.

"It's always unpleasant to see one of your players go down with injury," Hufnagel said.

With Jesse Newman out for up to a month (knee surgery) and Derek Armstrong wearing a massive brace for his left triceps, the Stamps are depleted along the offensive line.

Other positions are suffering as well. With Demetris Summers (groin) sitting out yesterday along with Ken Simonton (hamstring), running backs Joffrey Reynolds and Jon Cornish are taking more reps than usual.

Also missing yesterday were defensive back Julian Battle and defensive backs Terrence Patrick and Juwan Simpson.

Being that it is still early, Hufnagel isn't panicked about adding more bodies.

"We're still in training camp phase, but if there was someone out there we would be interested in, we would look hard at it," Hufnagel said.

"We still have enough players to play a game, and I'm confident in those players getting the job done."

EXTRA POINTS

The Saskatchewan Roughriders traded import RB Jamal Robertson to the Toronto Argonauts for Canadian DB Leron Mitchell, who played 29 games over two seasons with Toronto. Robertson has never suited up for a CFL game but was on Calgary's practice roster in 2001 before spending six seasons in the NFL. He signed with the Riders in the off-season ... Stampeders OL Rob Lazeo and LB Saleem Rasheed exchanged punches in the late session, but they were quickly broken up ... The Stamps are planning an intrasquad game for Saturday afternoon's late session, which will be open to the public.


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