Arthur hoping to catch on with stats guys

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

Jabari Arthur has one last chance at his first reception, but the Calgary Stampeders receiver claims he isn't getting anxious.

The rookie has missed the past two games with an ankle sprain, but he will return for the season-finale Saturday against the B.C. Lions at McMahon Stadium (3 p.m., TSN).

"I know the opportunity is coming, whether it was two games ago or this week," said Arthur. "I'm going to play every play like I'm getting the ball so I can enter the stat book for Calgary."

The Stamps have already clinched first in the West Division could help Arthur gets more reps in this outing that is meaningless in the standings for his club.

But Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said because of the bye, the starting offence will play until the game is essentially decided.

There are formations where Arthur comes in, but he has yet to be thrown a pass in three games this season since joining the team from the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 26-year-old was getting more action until suffering an ankle sprain in practice. The Montreal native is ready for the playoff run now.

HUGHES RESTS INJURED RIB

Defensive lineman Charleston Hughes was a notable absentee from first-team defensive formations yesterday.

Hughes, who was runner-up for special teams player of the week for his field-goal block against the Tiger-Cats, is nursing a rib injury he suffered in that game.

"We thought it was going to be OK. He tried it but took himself out," said head coach John Hufnagel. "We didn't believe it would be a problem, but it has become a problem."

If Hughes can't play, Juwan Simpson would move into that defensive end position.

EXTRA POINTS

Starting left guard Jesse Newman (knee) and left tackle Ben Archibald (pectoral) both missed their second straight practice and could be game-time decisions. If neither can go, import Antonio Hall would take over at left tackle, a position he started at for five games before suffering a serious ankle sprain. Derek Armstrong is set to play at left guard if Newman doesn't recover from an injury he re-aggravated this weekend off the field. It is the same knee he had surgery on before training camp started ... Lions DT Aaron Hunt and WR Paris Jackson are the defensive and Canadian players of the week, while Bombers KR Jason Armstead took home special-teams honours.


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