Receiver ready or not?

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 5:54 AM ET

Although Nik Lewis sat out practice for a second straight day, he should be hip to play tomorrow against the Toronto Argonauts.

At least, that is the plan so far.

There is no telling if Lewis is telling the truth.

Asked what was ailing the sixth-year Calgary Stampeders receiver, he took it as a chance to have fun.

"Nothing hurts right now, I'm standing still," said the 27-year-old.

Head coach John Hufnagel revealed Lewis is dealing with a hip flexor injury and the veteran is taking time to get better. He is scheduled to play despite not practising.

This is nothing new for Lewis, who battled various ailments towards the end of last season but always showed up on game day.

"I don't want to make a habit of this," Lewis said about missing practice.

"I just want to heal up and give myself a chance to go out and be the best I can be. I don't want to limp around. I want to play good, and in order for that happen, I have to be healthy.

"It's better to miss one practice than it is to miss one game."

Lewis leads the Stamps with nine catches for 135 yards in two games as the team has dealt with injuries at the position. Ken-Yon Rambo and Ryan Thelwell sat out in Week 1 and it appears rookie Titus Ryan will be on the shelf with an ankle injury this week.

Rookie Jermaine Jackson took Lewis' spot in practice and would be next up if needed.

Lewis said not to worry, although he wouldn't promise to be in the lineup.

"I don't promise nothing," Lewis said.

"Tomorrow isn't guaranteed. If I wake up on Friday morning, and I'm blessed enough to be here, I should be blessed enough to play."

GAMES PUT RUSHER BEHIND

After two games, Stamps running back Joffrey Reynolds is well behind in the rushing race. Argos running back Jamal Robertson leads the CFL with 214 yards on 24 carries through two games, while Reynolds has just 77 in 16 rushes.

The circumstances of the game is the reason why. The Stamps have been down early in games against the Alouettes and Blue Bombers.

"We want to get our running game going and to be able to do that, we need to stay on the field in the first half," Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said.

"We can't get in a behind situation so quickly and have a balanced attack.

"It all ties into one another, staying on the field, getting first downs and not getting down too much too early."

KICK-RETURNER DOUBTFUL

Returner Titus Ryan is what head coach John Hufnagel calls "very doubtful," which should be a blow to the Stamps special teams.

In Week 1, Ryan returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown and although he didn't score in a loss to the Bombers, the rookie was one of the bright spots.

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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