Stamps secondary injury-plagued

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:55 AM ET

When Brandon Browner skipped yesterday's practice, the Calgary Stampeders secondary got a pop quiz.

Dwight Anderson was asked to prove he could step in at Browner's short-side cornerback position.

Milt Collins was tested at wide-side corner, where Anderson normally lines up.

And Canadian utility man Markus Howell was also given a tight deadline to get back in the defence's red jersey to see if he could play safety or cornerback.

All in a day's work for the Stamps defensive backs.

"Coach (Cory) Chamblin has always said we have to learn the whole secondary for days like this," Anderson said. "BB went down and Shannon (James, the cover linebacker) was not out here (ankle sprain).

"We had guys moving to new positions all over. It's just a matter of having guys who play more than one position and the coaches preach it all during camp."

The Stamps expect Browner to be ready for tomorrow's meeting with the Saskatchewan Roughriders at McMahon Stadium (7 p.m., TSN).

Good thing, too. Both Anderson and Browner are on two-game interception streaks. Collin, who has just one pick, would like to get in on the fun.

"It makes us come out and play that much harder," the starting safety said.

"We're not jealous. I want them. I have to eat, but he gets them, it's good for our team."

Even though the Roughriders lead the league in giveaways this season, the Stamps don't see it as easy pickings.

"We look at it the same way every week. We need turnovers to give the offence better chances to get in the endzone," Collins said.

Extra points

The Stamps keep juggling formations on the defensive line and it appears Juwan Simpson is set to return to his starting end spot in place of Malik Jackson ... The team made more room on the practice roster yesterday by cutting DB Quinton Meaders.


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