That's sit for Milt?

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

Although Milt Collins picked off two passes and earned defensive player of the week honours, he may be the one watching from the sidelines now.

With starting safety Wes Lysack nearly back to 100% from an ankle injury, Collins likely won't be playing centre-field on every play Saturday against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

But Collins is OK with that.

Lysack and defensive end Mike Labinjo are both practising and will add some Canadian depth to the Stamps roster.

"It's cool because I came in like that, behind Wes," said Collins, who also had a sack in the 42-5 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders Monday. "I don't feel you should lose your spot to injury. Wes teaches me a lot. I wanted to take his spot, but I don't really thrive on that.

"This is my first year, and I don't know everything, so I'm learning a lot from him. We're back to the original lineup, and that's a good thing."

Both Lysack and Labinjo were hurt in a matter of days three weeks ago. Labinjo was finally getting into a comfort zone before turning his ankle in practice two days before a game in Toronto.

On the first play of that Sept. 27 win over the Toronto Argonauts, Lysack sprained his ankle. Teammates joked the good friends do everything together, so why wouldn't they get hurt at the same time?

"It was weird I hurt my left and he hurt his right," Labinjo said about what were almost identical sprains. "It did help in terms of rehabbing and training. We would show up at the same time in the morning. We were working out together and pushing each other."

When Lysack went down, Collins was also out with a concussion that sidelined him for three starts. So Keon Raymond stepped in at safety for two games before Collins returned against the Riders.

Defensive backs coach Cory Chamblin has a nice problem now with both Lysack and Collins healthy and ready to play, and he likes having depth with Raymond, as well.

"Milt has the speed and the youth, while Wes has the veteran savvy," Chamblin said.

"I'm confident in both of those guys. We don't miss a beat with either one."


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