Injury gives backup time at centre

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

With Rob Lazeo taking a day off, Tim O'Neill became the centre of attention at Calgary Stampeders practice.

Lazeo left yesterday's session almost before it started to get an undisclosed injury checked out, so that meant backup centre O'Neill was a busy man.

In stepping in for all first-team reps, plus doing his usual business on scout team, the second-year University of Calgary product was eating up the extra time.

It should help if Lazeo is deemed unable to make the trip to Winnipeg today to face the Blue Bombers tomorrow night at Canad Inns Stadium.

"Snapping is something that has to be automatic," O'Neill said. "I've been playing centre for a long time so I'm feeling pretty comfortable with it."

RULES REMINDER FOR RECEIVERS

The Stamps receiving corps prides itself on opening holes for whoever has the ball.

But in the season-opening loss to the Montreal Alouettes, three receivers, Jeremaine Copeland, Nik Lewis and Titus Ryan, took penalties for blocking before the ball was downfield.

Receivers coach Pete Costanza wants his group to be aggressive, but also play by the rules.

"I do get a little upset when it happens," said Costanza, who watches the game from the pressbox. "I talk to them on the phone and say when you have the chance, get out there and be physical and do it right. I don't want to call them and say don't go after the defender.

"We want them involved in the run game and blocking after the catch. It's like anything else. You want it to be cleaned up."


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