Burris burries hatchet with foes

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

This the first meeting since that day in September, but Zeke Moreno doesn't see Henry Burris having any lingering effects from his dislocated left shoulder.

"His arm strength is back intact, and he really looks good on film," said the Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker. "He and (Joffrey) Reynolds look on cue.

"We have to prove ourselves because people think these games are easy for them, and we have to prove them wrong."

It was during hottest streak of Burris' career when he was tripped by Ticats linebacker JoJuan Armour and landed on by Moreno late last season.

The comeback attempt ended there, as the Stamps lost in Hamilton, as did the momentum the Stamps had with Burris out of action for two weeks.

Burris has no hard feelings about the hit, and has put it far in the past. He would have to, because now he has Armour as a teammate.

"I told JoJuan when he got here that a real linebacker doesn't trip people," said Burris, who faces the Tiger-Cats tonight at McMahon Stadium (7 p.m., TSN).

"I don't care about it anymore because I know Zeke is a good player and a great guy. It's all about coming out here and not trying to slide headfirst like Ricky Henderson anymore."

Jumping out of the gate

Joffrey Reynolds needs just one yard to reach the 5,000-yard mark in his young CFL career, and should get that with his first carry.

The Stampeders running back just hopes the team gets its offence rolling early instead of allowing its opponents to jump out to early leads. In the past two games, the Stamps got down 14 points to Edmonton and 11 points to Montreal before roaring back each time.

The final 30 minutes in Montreal was impressive, but Reynolds would rather not play catchup.

"Hopefully our second-half play can roll over to the first half of this one," Reynolds said. "We need to execute our game plan early on. We need to sustain drives and get some good field position."

Switching sides a no-brainer

The decision wasn't that difficult to Sean Manning. The Canadian defensive back was put on the Stampeders practice roster to start this season, but then got a call from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to join their active roster.

No-brainer, he said. He will dress tonight against his former team at McMahon Stadium.

"It was shocking and exciting at the same time," Manning said about hearing from the Ticats. "It was either not playing or playing. It was an easy decision."\


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