Johnson, Proctor catch on elsewhere

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders have lost two members of the 2008 Grey Cup champion roster just days before this year's training camp.

Canadian fullback-slotback Teyo Johnson has told GM/head coach John Hufnagel he won't return for a second season with the team.

Hufnagel told QR77 radio yesterday Johnson has a business opportunity and will not be at training camp.

"I had a conversation with Teyo, and I got the indication he will retire," Hufnagel said.

The other loss is quarterback Will Proctor, who also has a job in Florida and was hemming and hawing about coming to camp with the prospects of being a third-stringer.

"He has a good opportunity in his hometown of Florida," Hufnagel said. "He was soul searching whether he should retire or not."

The Stamps are deep with Canadian talent, but Johnson was a special breed. The 6-foot-5, 260-lb. former basketball player was a wall in blocking and a big target.

That was evident on a 53-yard hail mary at the end of the opening half during a win over the Montreal Alouettes in September.

Johnson had 15 catches for 248 yards and two touchdowns after returning from a multi-year NFL stint.

Proctor joined the Stamps late in the season and dressed for the final month of regular-season tilts and for the playoff games.

His one and only pass was a 49-yard connection with Ken-Yon Rambo.

Proctor's departure leaves only Barrick Nealy and veteran Arena Leaguer Matt D'Orazio on the depth chart behind starting pivot Henry Burris.

The Stamps also announced four more additions to the camp roster yesterday.

Defensive lineman Osie Ukwuoma, who was a fifth-round selection (40th overall) in the 2009 Canadian College Draft, Canadian offensive lineman Chad Cossette, import defensive back Perry Kyles and import linebacker Robert Killebrew all inked deals with the club. Ukwuoma was the Ontario conferences lineman of the year in '08 after racking up 9.5 sacks and 25 tackles for the Queens Golden Gaels. He was a first-team all-Canadian.

Of the Stamps' eight picks this spring, all but first-round pick Eric Fraser and receiver Spencer Armstrong, who has two years left with the Air Force Academy, will attend camp.


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