Injuries back to bug Stampeders after ugly loss

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 3:13 AM ET

Just when it seemed the Calgary Stampeders had turned their injury fortunes around, they could be facing more struggles.

Rob Lazeo was joined by fellow starting offensive lineman Jeff Pilon in the role of bystander during yesterday's practice.

Lazeo, the starting centre, missed last game due to an elbow injury that flared up just before last Friday's tilt in Winnipeg. After missing nearly all of training camp, he sat out the season-opener but returned in Winnipeg.

He downplayed not partaking in yesterday's soggy practice session.

"Just making sure everything's all right. I'll be good to go (today)," Pilon said.

The injuries from Friday's 42-30 loss don't end at the offensive line.

Wide receiver Titus Ryan (ankle) and defensive linemen Juwan Simpson (arm) and Justin Phillips (hip) didn't practice yesterday.

Head coach John Hufnagel said Lazeo, Pilon, Simpson and Ryan are day-do-day -- "We'll probably find out more (today) about those players," he said -- but added Phillips is "probably a definite scratch."

There was some good news with Canadian running back Jon Cornish dressed for practice for the first time since suffering a knee injury in the club's opening pre-season game, although he didn't partake in the whole session.

"(Athletic therapist) Patty (Clayton) is going to keep a close eye on him during practice, and when he thought Jon had enough, he was gonna pull him," Hufnagel said. "I don't know really what was the decision when he stopped him. Jon's worked extremely hard to get back on the field. He really has and done well with his rehab."

The first thought after Cornish was injured was a four-to-six week spell on the sidelines, and it appears he's on the shorter side of that time frame.

Cornish believes he'll be 100% for the July 24 tilt against the British Columbia Lions.

"I want to get a full week of practice before I hit it hard," Cornish said. "It'll probably help me get some swelling out and make sure the knee's all good and stuff. Next Monday, I should be ready to go."


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