New Stamps receiver en route

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders are set to welcome another non-import to their banged-up receiving ranks, but John Hufnagel is remaining tight-lipped about the identity of the newcomer.

Pressed for details yesterday on the soon-to-be-signed pass-catcher, Hufnagel, who doubles as the Stampeders' head coach and GM, simply smiled and offered, "I think he'll be here tomorrow."

Perhaps more important is who'll be joining him.

The Stampeders return to practice today after a two-day layoff, and Hufnagel is optimistic receivers Ken-Yon Rambo, Ryan Thelwell and Titus Ryan will all be running routes with their teammates.

Rambo, the CFL's reigning receiving champion, skipped Wednesday's season-opener, a 40-27 loss to the Montreal Alouettes at McMahon Stadium.

Thelwell suited up to satisfy the CFL's ratio rules, but didn't see any snaps, while Ryan was hobbling around the locker-room after scoring a kick-return touchdown in his CFL debut.

None of the starting pass-catchers missed any action for medical reasons last season, but it hasn't been such smooth sailing so far this summer.

The Stampeders' receiving corps was ransacked by the injury bug in training camp, when Jeremaine Copeland, Nik Lewis and Brett Ralph also missed at least one practice. Slotback Jermaine Jackson remains on injured reserve.

With nine days between outings -- the Stampeders travel to Winnipeg next for a Friday night date with the Blue Bombers -- Hufnagel is hopeful the worst is now behind them.

"Other teams had a few days before their first game," Hufnagel said. "We have a few days now for a little bit more of a healing process and to get people healthy."

One player that won't be in the lineup against the Bombers (0-1) is Demetris Summers, who suffered a hamstring injury that'll likely keep him in street clothes for at least a couple of weeks.

Summers' role as backup running back could be filled by Derek Watson, a 6-foot, 223-lb. bruiser who is stashed on Calgary's practice roster, while Ryan will likely continue to handle kick-return duties after cashing in a 104-yard major Wednesday night.

Although Anthony Calvillo and the Alouettes spoiled the Canada Day celebrations at McMahon Stadium, Hufnagel wants his charges to leave the season-opening loss in their rearview mirror.

"Now, we're on to a new team, new game plan and on the field making themselves better and getting prepared to play Winnipeg," Hufnagel said. "Montreal is long ago."

WES.GILBERTSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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