Stamps not fully Armour-ed

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

Barrin Simpson's season-ending injury has understandably received most of the attention this week.

But the Calgary Stampeders are also dealing with some ailments to their starting middle linebacker.

JoJuan Armour has an adductor injury that kept him out of practice this week as the Stamps prepare to take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers tomorrow at Canad Inns Stadium (6 p.m., TSN).

Losing the 'Minister of Defence' to a torn pectoral muscle is tough for the Bombers, but if Armour can't play, the Stamps will be forced to play a rookie as well.

Armour feels terrible for his former B.C. Lions teammate, and he feel lucky his injury would only keep him out a week if at all.

"I talked to him the night of the game (he was injured)," Armour said about Simpson.

"It's unfortunate, but it's the nature of the game. It can happen to any of us any play, and that's why on our side of the ball. That's why we go so hard every play.

"You never know it when it will be your last play. Thank God, it's only one season. It could be a career ending injury."

Freshman linebacker Joe Lobendahn will take Simpson's place and have to shut down Stamps running back Joffrey Reynolds.

Rookie Lemarcus Rowell would be the one tabbed to replace Armour if he can't play, and the Jacksonville State product would be the fourth player in five games to occupy that spot.

Saleem Rasheed started out manning the middle, but he injured his shoulder and put on nine-game reserve after Week 1.

Defensive lineman Mike Labinjo stepped in there briefly before Dwaine Carpenter was moved over and finally Armour settled into that spot.

Rowell, which rhymes with growl, couldn't be more excited for the opportunity. Shutting down Bombers running back Charles Roberts will be a challenge for the entire Stamps defence, but Rowell feels up to the task.

"Any time you get a chance to show the coaches you can play ball, it's a good thing," Rowell said.

"It is a good time for me, because the coaches get a chance to see how I can perform under pressure."

Stamps linebacker Matt Grootegoed (hand) will also miss this outing, so the Stamps will add defensive end Funtaine Hunter back to the roster.

Hunter was also injured in Week 1, hurting his hamstring, so Funt's first season has been no Fun.

"Not so far. I've worked hard and did everything (trainer) Pat Clayton asked of me and I don't plan on getting hurt again," Hunter said.\


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