Streak of bad luck follows returner

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

Titus Ryan has busted two long kickoff returns in a pair of games with the Calgary Stampeders, but each one left a body part feeling battered.

In the season-opening loss to the Montreal Alouettes, Ryan returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown, but teammate Demetris Summers injured his hamstring running with the play.

The following week against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Ryan returned a late kickoff 45 yards to around midfield, but the rookie stepped on a teammate's foot and sprained his ankle.

He missed the Week 3 win over the Toronto Argonauts, but Ryan is anxious to get back into action tomorrow against the B.C. Lions and prove he isn't hexed when he has long returns.

"You have to expect these things playing this game," Ryan said. "The only thing you can do is continue to play."

Ryan's return is good news for the Stamps' special teams, and it is timely, too. Derek Watson, who replaced Ryan, sprained an ankle against the Argos and will miss the trip to Vancouver.

Through two games, Ryan has a 31-yard average on kickoff returns in what is a great start to his CFL career.

"I tried to set the bar high," Ryan said. "I have personal goals, and I want to achieve them. I was told the yards were pretty good for returning.

"My goal is to maintain it and have a good return each time."

IT'S WAIT-AND-SEE FOR LEWIS

This seems like a broken record, but Stamps slotback Nik Lewis is once again a game-time decision.

Lewis, who missed most of last week, sat out practice again yesterday and has missed all of the preparation for tomorrow's meeting with the B.C. Lions because of a nagging hip injury.

A betting man would be wise to put his money on Lewis suiting up against the Lions, but the Stamps are taking rookie receiver Jermaine Jackson to Vancouver just in case the veteran can't go.

Jackson was added to the roster a week ago but was a healthy scratch against the Argos as Lewis made three catches for 53 yards.

VETERAN LINEMAN GOOD TO GO

Starting right tackle Jeff Pilon returned to practice yesterday after missing a day due to an infected hair follicle on his neck.

He declared himself ready to face the Lions.


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