Armour's on for 'Riders

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:40 AM ET

JoJuan Armour is still a little steamed.

And the Calgary Stampeders linebacker is ready to take out his frustration on Saskatchewan Roughriders running back Wes Cates.

Fresh off being vindicated by the league after being unceremoniously tossed from Saturday night's tilt at McMahon Stadium, Armour said things will be different when the 3-3 Stamps visit the 6-0 Riders Thursday (8 p.m., TSN) in Regina.

"The (Riders') rushing game is dead," Armour said after yesterday's practice. "You can definitely write that up.

"All those yards he got last game? He's not getting those this game."

Cates dissected the Stamps' makeshift defence Saturday night for 139 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.

And Armour, who was ejected on the second defensive snap of the game for allegedly running over an official, said he could have played a role in limiting Cates' success.

"My ejection? I would like to think it had some bearing on the game," Armour said. "I guess any competitor, any starter, would feel like they would have come in and contributed."

The Riders ran for 175 yards as a team in the 22-21 victory over the Stamps, and while Armour credited teammate Mike Labinjo for picking up the slack while playing out of position, the club's pass rush also suffered.

"Labinjo did an outstanding job, being thrown into that position," Armour said. "We would have liked to have had him coming off the edge and put a little more pressure on the quarterback."

The 32-year-old is still at a loss to explain why the officiating crew felt it necessary to send him to the showers.

"When the o-lineman pushed me into the ref, I tried to explain that to the ref," Armour said. "I asked him if he was alright, and he said, 'No, I'm not alright.'

"So I kind of sensed that he had attitude, so I just left him alone and went to the bench."

The officiating crew then got together, deemed that Armour had intentionally bulldozed the ref and tossed the 6-ft., 220-pounder.

"My intention, when I went to the ref, was just to check on him and make sure he was alright. I didn't think I had to explain because it's football and he's in a position right behind the linebackers.

"I started to the sidelines and found out I was ejected. It was a shock to me, as well as to anyone else watching the game."

Armour was pleased the league publically admitted it's mistake and offered an apology. He expected -- and deserved -- no less.

"I wasn't surprised," he said. "I knew what happened. I tried to explain what happened, but, for whatever reason, they weren't trying to hear it.

"I thought, at worst, I'd get a penalty -- not be ejected. It's unfortunate. And what makes it worse is the sour taste you have because of the loss.

"It's not the best situation. I have been vindicated, but I would like to know what (the official's) consequences are.

"But we can't get the win back, so all we can do is move forward from here."

Armour said he spent the rest of Saturday night watching the game from a hiding place in the endzone and a TV set in the locker-room.

"I stayed in the locker-room and snuck out to the back of the endzone when I could," he said. "When the defence was on, I was out here. When the offence was out, I watched on TV."

Safety Wes Lysack, who threw a couple of his trademark monster hits Saturday night, said he's counting on Armour's prediction to shut down the undefeated Riders' ground game coming true.

"I'm hoping that he's right," Lysack said. "First and foremost with our defence, we want to stop the run."


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