Rambo facing knee surgery

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

The final word won't be unveiled until tomorrow, but John Hufnagel isn't holding out hope for great news concerning Ken-Yon Rambo.

The Calgary Stampeders GM/head coach has to be hoping for the best, but yesterday said he expected his star receiver's knee injury will mean a trip to the hospital.

"The way it's reacting right now, I would think some sort of surgery is going to be required," Hufnagel said.

Suffering an injury to his right knee in Friday's 48-10 victory over the B.C. Lions when taken down awkwardly by a horse-collar tackle by Lions linebacker Javier Glatt, Rambo had an appointment yesterday and will consult with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Stewart today.

"So we'll probably have a pretty good idea on Wednesday on where we're going," Hufnagel said.

While names such as free agent Derick Armstrong and Toronto's Arland Bruce have been bandied about, Calgary's only move has been to bring Jackie Chambers back into the fold and place him on the practice roster.

Nik Lewis is due back after missing last game with a hip injury, and rookies Jermaine Jackson and Titus Ryan have proven to be great finds.

"The players we have in this locker-room will be able to go out and execute the offence," said Hufnagel, whose charges had the day off. "Obviously, when you lose a big-play receiver like Ken-Yon, he's going to be hard to replace, but it's a team effort out there.

"I'm pleased with the progress of our young receivers and I expect them to continue to get better."

Rambo led the CFL last season in receiving.

"We lose a big playmaker in our offence," Hufnagel said. "We're not going to hide from that fact. We need to have some other people rise up and make those type of plays for us.

"I think we do have the athletes to do it. The veteran receivers are probably going to have more opportunity to become leaders to these young receivers."

As for the incident, Hufnagel is not calling for further action to Glatt. There was no penalty called.

"It's over. Nothing's going to get Ken-Yon on the field next week," Hufnagel said. "It was not by any stretch of the imagination something the B.C. player tried to do. He was trying to make the tackle and his hand got caught somewhere. It could have been just as easily a facemask.

"We just have to try and make the players understand you can't be tackling (that way). Just like you can't grab the facemask, we have to put more emphasis on the horse-collar tackling for the safety of the players."

The Stamps have to now look forward to Saturday's divisional battle with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Roughriders are coming off a disappointing 38-33 loss to Edmonton, despite a 22-0 lead.

Meanwhile, the Stampeders have handily won two straight games and have a shot at sole possession of first place in the West Division.

Hufnagel will be looking for a few elements in line with last outing -- the running game and continued pressure on the quarterbacks -- along with one major improvement.

"I know the last two weeks, I've been very pleased with our preparation and the effort," Hufnagel said.

"I wasn't really dissatisfied with the effort the first two games, it's just we were doing some things that makes it hard to win football games, being careless with the football and too many penalties."

The penalty problem is still an issue. Calgary was flagged 10 times against the Leos.

"It's something I'll probably be fighting for the entire season," he said. "It's something I had to fight last year for the entire season. But it will be fought and, hopefully, at some point in time, we'll be a team but not a double-digit penalty team."


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