Newbies seek Stamp of approval

TODD SAELHOF -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

Five new faces showed up at practice yesterday for the Calgary Stampeders.

During games, though, they'll stay on the sidelines until they're needed by the CFL club, as teams were allowed to expand their practice roster from seven to a dozen players for the next month.

Quarterback Xavier Lee, receiver Michael Jennings, offensive lineman Carnell Stewart, defensive back Quincy Butler and defensive lineman Barry Booker were added to the Stampeders' practice roster. All five were recent cuts in the NFL.

"This was the first time to see them," said Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel.

"It's the start of the process. They are under evaluation, right now. It will continue through the remaining four weeks they are here and through the off-season.

"If an opportunity comes up on the roster where we need him, then it's nice to have that extra body here."

Jennings, a member of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants last season, boasts the most football experience. He had five receptions in eight games with the G-Men in the 2006 NFL campaign, but missed last season with an injury.

"It's very early to tell (how much impact they'll have)," Hufnagel said. "They're all good football players or they wouldn't be here.

"I'm pleased with the quality of the player that's here right now. We just have to allow them a little bit of time to develop to show what they can do."

STAMPS RELEASE CURRY

The Stamps released WR/KR Nate Curry yesterday.

The 26-year-old, who was a final cut at camp before the CFL season, had nine punt returns for 70 yards and ran one kickoff back for 16 yards during his two-game return to the Stamps.

He was signed by the club in late August to help out on special teams after returner Markus Howell was sidelined with a groin injury.

DEAL FOR CANADA OFF

A trade that would have sent Winnipeg Blue Bombers rush end Tom Canada and the rights to Canadian defensive tackle Corey Mace to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for all-star linebacker Zeke Moreno and future considerations is off because Canada failed his physical last night.

"Tom isn't medically right,'' said Bombers GM Brendan Taman. "There are problems that could affect his playing."


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