Injuries hand Ryan return job

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

As Titus Ryan crossed the goalline Wednesday night, the rookie basically took Demetris Summers' job away from him.

The 104-yard kickoff return touchdown was enough to show Ryan may be a better option for the position.

But then, Summers made it official for at least the next few weeks.

The sophomore running back pulled a hamstring chasing Ryan on the play and will be out for three weeks.

The injury makes the choice of sitting Summers an easy one for head coach John Hufnagel.

"It's unfortunate," Hufnagel said about the situation. "There will come a time when that decision will have to be made, but I'm not prepared to say that right now."

Complicating the issue is Ryan. Although he finished the 40-27 loss to the Montreal Alouettes, Ryan has a knee injury and is going for further testing.

"Hopefully, it's not serious," Hufnagel said.

Summers had a rough night from the start. He was behind centre on the opening offensive play as the Stamps ran the new 'wildcat' formation. The snap went right by him and he fell on it for a 12-yard loss. He returned two kickoffs, but both didn't amount to anything, and he had 38 yards total.

"We had one miscue on a wildcat play all through training camp, and unfortunately, it came in the first game," Hufnagel said. "If he didn't drop the ball, it would have been a first-down play."

Ryan did double duty on offence, and he caught four passes for 44 yards, but he fumbled away one of them and missed six others that went his way.

The good news for the Stamps is starter Ken-Yon Rambo is close to returning and should suit up against Winnipeg next Friday.

"We will be fine," said receiver Nik Lewis. "Titus did a great job for us. He brought a speed factor for us.

"Ken-Yon should be back and we are happy to have him back. We'll be fine."

Right tackle Jeff Pilon should be close to getting into action against the Bombers, but Hufnagel said the team is in the market for a Canadian receiver. That means veteran Ryan Thelwell, who dressed but didn't see the field, isn't ready to come back from his hamstring injury.


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