Curry in a hurry to answer bell

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

Nate Curry spent the past two months doing home construction, but he couldn't be happier working on the foundation of his CFL career again.

After being cut by the Calgary Stampeders after training camp, the receiver/returner went back home to Miami and started his own contracting company.

He kept believing the phone would ring with another chance and didn't unpack his bags until last week.

Sure enough, the call came over the weekend when Markus Howell went down with a groin injury in the 36-29 win over the B.C Lions Friday.

Curry could get activated to return kicks on Labour Day against the Edmonton Eskimos.

"I've just been at home trying to stay in shape, just trying to pay the bills," Curry said.

"I was hoping something would happen, that's why I continued to work out.

"I was trying to stay in shape just in case I did get a call. I got called right now, and the opportunity came so I will take it."

The Stamps could instead bring running back Demetris Summers onto the roster as a returner, but Summers hasn't done it in the CFL before.

Curry spent last season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he caught 30 passes for 320 yards and returned three punts for 28 yards. He did have a 23.3-yard average on 15 kickoff returns.

"I was pleased he was still available," Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said.

"He knows our system as a receiver and has experience, as well. He did a nice job for us during training camp and in the pre-season. We're still looking to see who else is out there."

With Howell injured, it creates several problems for the Stamps. Howell was the return specialist, but he was a backup at defensive back and receiver. Adding Curry helps on offence, but the Stamps may have to utilize linebacker Marc Calixte in the secondary if more injuries occur.

Curry is trying to relearn the playbooks and get comfortable with the blocking schemes.

"I'm swimming with info right now," Curry said.

"You can forget a lot in eight weeks, but I still have some of it in the back of my head."

EXTRA POINTS

The Stamps announced yesterday the Labour Day game is sold out. A crowd of 35,850 is expected for the showdown with the Eskimos Monday ... DL Justin Phillips sat out practice yesterday but is expected to be ready for the game Monday.


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