Cup champ trimmed from roster

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

John Hufnagel has seen enough strong play from two prospects at offensive tackle to release a veteran.

The Calgary Stampeders GM/head coach yesterday cut import left tackle Jermese Jones, who was signed in the off-season from the Grey Cup-champion Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Jones, who started at right tackle for the Riders, was hampered by a leg injury for the majority of training camp, which opened the door for Antonio Hall and Ben Archibald to prove themselves.

Both Hall and Archibald performed well in Friday's 39-14 preseason win over the Edmonton Eskimos, so Hufnagel was comfortable putting the five-year CFL veteran on the open market.

"Unfortunately for Jermese, he wasn't able to play this past game and we had to make a decision as to our best two players at that spot so we could give them time in the B.C. game," Hufnagel said about Thursday's final preseason outing in Vancouver.

"Our plan was to make a move after the first game. Jermese is a very nice young man, and he competed very well, so he's disappointed right now."

Hall would seem to have the upperhand on the starting left-tackle spot because he played with the first-team offence throughout the preseason opener.

HETHERINGTON WINDED

The Stamps got a scare yesterday when sophomore Canadian receiver Greg Hetherington needed assistance to leave practice. Hufnagel said Hetherington was trying to play through a rib injury when he was short of breath and needed to be examined by trainer Pat Clayton.

WESTWOOD CUT

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers released 17-year veteran kicker Troy Westwood yesterday. The Dauphin, Man., product holds the Bombers record in 30 different categories, including all-time scoring.

Westwood struggled all last season and had his consecutive games streak snapped, but he regained the job during the playoff run that took the Bombers to the Grey Cup game.

The Bombers now only have rookie imports Alexis Serna and Brian Monroe battling for the kicking job but could be interested in free-agent Canadian kickers on the market.

EXTRA POINTS

Several Canadians sat out Stampeders practice yesterday, as DL Miguel Robede, DL Justin Phillips, LB Mike Labinjo and S Wes Lysack all have nagging injuries, none of which are thought to be serious ... Also getting their walking papers yesterday were import DB Chijioke Onyenegecha and import OL Brady Ramseier.


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