Two rookies in mix to be Rambo's replacement

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

Ideally, the Calgary Stampeders would like to replace Ken-Yon Rambo's production internally without going for outside help.

With last year's CFL leading receiver out an undetermined amount of time due to a knee injury suffered during a 48-10 win Friday night over the B.C. Lions, the Stampeders will look at different options to pick up the slack.

Stamps head coach John Hufnagel didn't rule out having interest in Toronto Argonauts veteran Arland Bruce III, who is on the trade block after a spat with head coach Bart Andrus.

But the Stamps would be happier if one of their younger, cheaper options could step into the Rambo's starting role and perform.

The first option would be rookie Titus Ryan, who has done well on returns but had middling success in the season opener starting in Rambo's spot.

Fellow rookie Jermaine Jackson could move outside from the slot position he played for Nik Lewis Friday night. Jackson had a decent debut as a starter, making five catches for 46 yards and |a touchdown.

Hufnagel won't keep Ryan on returns if the 6-foot, 190-pounder can prove to be the best option for the offence.

"I will put my best players on the field," Hufnagel said.

Trading for Bruce would be difficult because of his reported $190,000 salary for this season. If Bruce were to be released and would accept a lower salary, the Stamps would look at bringing him on board.

"I'm not quite there yet," Hufnagel said. "There are some salary cap implications with a player from one team coming to another team."

The Stampeders should get a boost next weekend with the scheduled return of veteran slotback Nik Lewis from his hip injury.

As for the tackle that caused Rambo's injury, the Stamps are moving on. It appeared to be a horse-collar by Lions linebacker Javy Glatt, but Hufnagel was told by the officials Rambo was brought down by his jersey.

Had it been flagged, the Stampeders would have received less than 15 yards because they were in scoring range, and they finished off the drive anyway.

"What's most disappointing is I have a player who is seriously injured," Hufnagel said. "My concern right now is for Ken-Yon to have good rehab.

"We're not too sure right now what it is," Hufnagel continued. "It's sore and needs attention, and we hope for a speedy recovery.

"For that type of tackle, we need to be as educated as we can about it and make sure we try to prevent these things from happening in the future."


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