Injured hammy threatens to keep Fantuz on sidelines

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:13 PM ET

It's not just the Calgary Stampeders facing the prospect of life without an impact receiver.

Their opposition tonight could be in the same boat.

While Calgary will be without Ken-Yon Rambo, out for the season due to a knee injury, Saskatchewan Roughriders pass catcher Andy Fantuz is questionable due to a hamstring injury suffered earlier this week in practice.

"It's going to be game-time decision. I'm going to come out, take warm-up and see how I feel, and take it from there," said Fantuz after yesterday's walk-through practice at McMahon Stadium. "I'm not leaning one way or the other. I'm just trying to rest up and see how it feels."

If Fantuz can't play, the starting assignment will become Chris Getzlaf's.

But Fantuz, who is second on the team with 15 receptions for 219 yards and one touchdown, is going to push his hardest to suit up.

Both the Stamps and Riders are 2-2, behind the Edmonton Eskimos in the standings, but Saskatchewan has lost two straight.

It's not easy being on the sidelines, unable to help stem the tide.

"This is a big week for us," Fantuz said. "We want to rebound, and I want to get in there, so I'll have to make a decision how I feel. If I feel I can push through it, I will. If not, we'll let some other guys get the reps."

That would be Getzlaf, who is known more in these parts as the younger brother of Anaheim Ducks star and former Calgary Hitmen standout Ryan Getzlaf.

Chris Getzlaf, in his third CFL season, has two receptions this year for a total of 24 yards but is pushing to become a bigger part of the attack.

"You hope to have a guy like him in the lineup. He's a great player and a leader on the field for us," Getzlaf said of Fantuz. "But it definitely makes me want to prepare more for that spot. I have to know a few spots in the role I'm in but have to concentrate a little more this week.

"I'm pretty much the same every week. I run hard and run hard every single day because I want to simulate what I'm going to do in the game if I get that opportunity."

Last season, Getzlaf played five games and recorded 15 catches for 247 yards.

Being without Fantuz would certainly be a big blow to the Roughriders. Undoubtedly, they'll lean more heavily on top receiver Weston Dressler and make Jason Clermont a bigger part of the equation.

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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