Dave down and out

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 7:45 AM ET

Retirement is likely the next step for Dave Dickenson.

However, the Calgary Stampeders quarterback whose season has come to a halt won't publicly say it.

"I'm still going to live in this season and do what I can," said Dickenson yesterday after a surprise announcement he'd be on the injured list the rest of the regular season.

Dickenson, who battled concussion problems in his previous two campaigns with the B.C. Lions, was sent to the sidelines -- possibly for good -- after experiencing post-concussion symptoms during and after Monday's Labour Day Classic loss to the Edmonton Eskimos.

Brought into the game after No.-1 QB Henry Burris suffered turf toe, Dickenson took a couple of big hits in the 37-16 loss, but nothing he believes -- even after looking at game film -- should have given him a relapse.

Head coach John Hufnagel had the same thought.

"We evaluated the next morning and the type of hits weren't ones that should cause a reaction like that," Hufnagel said.

"That's the concern ... It wasn't a high-impact hit. During training camp and during the pre-season games, he took a lot more hits with higher impact than he did on Monday."

Dickenson, 35, was officially placed on the nine-game injured list, therefore he could return before the regular season concludes since clubs can pull one player off that list in the second half of the campaign.

He could also be eligible for the playoffs.

Dickenson didn't want to say exactly what problems he was experiencing, but admitted they were "things that have plagued me in the past" and that he felt "not normal."

The Stamps re-signed Ben Sankey, who was with the club through training camp.

Hufnagel wouldn't divulge whether Sankey or Barrick Nealy would sit second on the depth chart behind Burris.

Dickenson, the CFL's Most Outstanding Player in 2000 and two-time Grey Cup champion, saw the field in only two games this season, completing five of nine passes for 79 yards.

His importance to the squad goes beyond numbers, being an experienced and astute playing partner for Burris and a second set of eyes.

"I'll still do what I've been doing, really. Unfortunately, I won't be suited up for a while," said Dickenson, who joined the Stampeders in January as a free agent following five seasons with the B.C. Lions, a team he helped lead to a Grey Cup win in 2006.

"I've been pretty much in a coaching role for the first eight-and-a-half games, so I plan on still trying to make an impact, be part of the team. The coaches are on board as well."

EXTRA POINTS

The Stamps added RB Lavarus Giles, a recent cut of the St. Louis Rams, to the practice roster ... Former Florida State QB Xavier Lee is expected to arrive in the next few days and join the practice roster. He is working through passport issues.


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