No knee-d for a breather - Chevrier shrugs off pain

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

After Randy Chevrier injured his knee Friday night, one of the backup long-snappers went over to see if he needed a reliever.

But rookie defensive end Odell Willis was told -- quite nicely -- a bit of a knee injury wasn't going to keep the veteran Canadian from doing his job.

"He's a competitor. He's a warrior," Willis said a day after the 44-9 whipping of the Toronto Argonauts.

"You never want to come out of a game because this is what we love to do. That motivated me.

"If he's going to sacrifice and go back out there with a hurt leg so I don't have to snap and play defence, it motivates me. I like that in people."

Stamps coach John Hufnagel doesn't expect Chevrier to miss any action as he will continue to play through the ailment. Willis or fullback Rob Cote would be the emergency replacement, but the Stamps hope Chevrier can still suit up.

A couple of other players likely won't make the trip to Vancouver Friday to play the B.C. Lions.

Defensive lineman Alain Kashama and returner/running back Derek Watson both suffered ankle sprains against the Argos and are wearing walking boots.

This could mean Canadian defensive lineman Miguel Robede might get activated, and it could also make the impending return of running back Jon Cornish (knee) more important.

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

As much as the defence was outstanding Friday night against the Argos, Hufnagel doesn't want his charges to think it was perfect.

Had it not been for a few roughing the passer and facemask penalties in the first half, the Argos might not even have put points on the board.

There is a fine line between roughing the passer and putting pressure on the pivot, but Hufnagel wants his charges to play within the rules no matter what.

"You don't want to take the glitter off the win, but you are not going to sweep those type of things under the carpet," Hufnagel said.

"We're fortunate we overcame the added opportunities we gave the other team."

MISCUES IRK HUFNAGEL

Hufnagel wasn't happy about the two fumbles his team committed Friday.

Slotback Nik Lewis had the first one trying to dive forward while being tackled, while quarterback Henry Burris lost one at the end of a scramble.

"We had two turnovers on offence that was, in my mind, careless ball carrying," Hufnagel said.


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