Lining up for comeback

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:03 AM ET

When Justin Phillips was knocked out of the lineup, the Calgary Stampeders were searching for a combination that worked on the defensive line.

Now that the third-year Canadian defensive end is recovered from hip and calf injuries, the Stamps have solidified it.

Since Phillips was hurt in a loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Stamps have registered sack totals of six and five in consecutive wins.

So the 24-year-old is anxious to return to get in on the fun, and he's not worried that others did well in his absence.

"It's good," Phillips said. "Those are all my friends out there. I like it when they do well.

"I was happy to see (Rob) Cote do well in a lot of my spots on special teams. Fernand Kashama did pretty well when he was in on defence. I'm happy for them."

With Phillips able to return, the Stamps have a problem most teams would like: More Canadians than they need to field.

Phillips was actually the starting defensive end in Week 1 before roster jumbling meant he was a rotation player on the line the following game.

If Phillips does get activated Saturday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Stamps could insert him for Kashama or Miguel Robede.

JACKSON OF ALL TRADES

Although he scored his first CFL touchdown in his debut as a starter, Jermaine Jackson now goes back to a utility role in the Stampeders offence.

The rookie receiver is fine with that, but now that he's had a taste of the spotlight, it will be hard to let it go. Instead of playing slotback in place of Nik Lewis, Jackson now becomes a backup for all the import receivers.

"It's tough learning all the positions, but I'm up for the challenge," Jackson said. "You have to know the game and be ready no matter when they call on you."

ESKS AND ALS SWEEP WEEK

The Montreal Alouettes and Edmonton Eskimos dominated the CFL player-of-the-week awards.

Quarterback Anthony Calvillo and defensive end Anwar Stewart were given the offence and defence awards.

Eskimos return specialist Tristan Jackson took special-teams honours for his punt-return TD, while running back Calvin McCarty is the top Canadian.

Stampeders kicker Sandro DeAngelis was a runner-up for the special-teams award for continuing his perfect streak to start 2009. DeAngelis, who is coming off being the top Canadian in the Grey Cup, hasn't missed a field goal in 10 attempts.


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