Starter carted off field

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

Just when it seemed the day couldn't get any worse, the Calgary Stampeders were suddenly carrying a defensive starter off the practice field.

On a day when the club announced receiver Ken-Yon Rambo is out the remainder of the season, the Stamps got a bit of a scare when Shannon James didn't get up after playing jump ball with fullback Rob Cote.

James, the starting strong-side linebacker, was taken off the field on a golf cart and head coach John Hufnagel said he was going for X-rays on a sprained ankle.

"He came down awkward on it and we'll find out more (this) morning," Hufnagel said.

"It happens and sometimes, things like this do occur."

If James were to miss the game Saturday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, sophomore Keon Raymond would likely replace him in the starting lineup.

It would be a huge blow considering James was last year's team nominee for defensive player of the year.

He was injured yesterday on what would have been an interception.

Cote was playing scout team when he tried swatting the ball out of James' hands.

The duo went down in a heap and the play caused several outbursts from onlookers, including cornerback Brandon Browner, who argued with the receiving corps.


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