Tackle takes a toe-ll

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

Henry Burris should be good to toe.

Despite leaving the 37-16 Labour Day loss to the Edmonton Eskimos with turf toe, the Calgary Stampeders quarterback will likely be ready for the rematch Friday at Commonwealth Stadium.

Burris was sacked by Agustin Barrenechea in the second quarter and his left foot got caught underneath the Eskimos linebacker as the pivot was dragged down from behind.

Although Burris probably could have returned in an emergency situation, Stamps head coach John Hufnagel stuck with backup Dave Dickenson, who put up 10 points in his first two drives but nothing after that.

Burris will likely be restricted in his mobility, which won't help on the natural turf in Edmonton.

"Henry came in this morning for treatment," Hufnagel said yesterday. "He has a sore foot, but it looks like he will be able to play Friday night.

"It was a physical game, and at this time I don't believe anyone will be forced out from this next game."

Running back Joffrey Reynolds left briefly with back spasms, while receiver Nik Lewis has bruised ribs but should be able to suit up in the crucial rematch.

Backup running back Jon Cornish also has what appears to be a groin injury and may be iffy.

If the Canadian can't play, another non-import would have to be activated, although defensive lineman Pat MacDonald is eligible to come off the nine-game injured list.

Hufnagel gave the players a day off before returning to the practice field today for an abbreviated workout session.

Then it's off to Edmonton tomorrow in what is the quickest turnaround of the CFL season.

Burris was 8-of-14 passing for 81 yards before leaving, while Dickenson went 4-of-8 for 75 yards.

It was Dickenson's first Labour Day action since 1999 and Hufnagel was satisfied with his performance.

"Dave made some nice plays and then there were some plays you wish he would have made, maybe a high throw here or there," he said.

The Stampeders continued a trend of losing when Burris is out of action.

When the quarterback went out with a dislocated shoulder last season in Hamilton, the Stamps lost that game against the Tiger-Cats and four more games that Burris didn't start.


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