Stampeders using their head

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders' backup plan isn't about to change.

Quarterback Dave Dickenson is eligible to return from the nine-game injured reserve list, but if the club has any intention of putting the veteran pivot back on the active roster, they're keeping it a secret.

"Nothing is changing right now," Dickenson said. "It'd always be more fun in uniform, but I've also got some issues, so until those are answered, you just stay on the sidelines."

After a three-day hiatus, the Stampeders resumed practice yesterday at McMahon Stadium, where they'll host the West Division final next weekend, welcoming the winner of Saturday's semifinal between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the B.C. Lions.

While his teammates ran drills in full equipment, Dickenson was wearing sweat pants and a toque. He hasn't donned his Horsemen helmet or No. 15 jersey since Labour Day, when he relieved starter Henry Burris in a 37-16 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos.

Dickenson was placed on the nine-game injured list two days later with concussion-like symptoms, prompting speculation the 2000 Most Outstanding Player had taken his last snap.

The 35-year-old pivot, who missed the bulk of the 2007 season with a concussion, said yesterday he hasn't experienced any symptoms in a "real long time" and refused to close the door on a return to the field. But he was hardly campaigning for the coaches to press him into action.

"It's a matter of risk-reward and what you can do to help and keep the chemistry going, all those sort of things ...," Dickenson said.

"I've come to terms with where my situation took me, and I'm enjoying the ride as well. It's better to be playing, but when you can't, you just try to do what you can."

EXTRA POINTS

RB Jon Cornish is wearing a walking boot after suffering a "turned ankle" but is expected to return to practice next week ... QB Henry Burris was runner-up for the CFL's October offensive player-of-the-month honour, which was announced yesterday and won by Montreal Alouettes WR Jamel Richardson. Lions DT Aaron Hunt was defensive player of the month, while Roughriders K Luca Congi was October's top special-teams man. Lions WR Paris Jackson was named top Canadian of the month.


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