Rob Lazeo argues it can't be a coincidence.
The 156 rushing yards the Calgary Stampeders put up against the Saskatchewan Roughriders must have caused Scott Schultz to up and retire yesterday.
Just one last verbal shot from a former teammate and more recent opponent as the Riders defensive tackle walks into the CFL sunset to pursue a business opportunity.
"I can't take anything away from him," said Lazeo, the Stampeders centre. "I mess with him a lot, but he's been a great asset to their team.
"The Riders are definitely going to miss him."
Schultz's departure to manage an insurance agency leaves the Riders in a pickle. Not only is Schultz a starter, he is also a non-import, so that means Keith Shologan will have to step in and play more.
This is a hit to a defence that has given up an average of 135.2 rushing yards per outing but still has a 3-2 record. Although a strange move to retire during the season, Lazeo understands why Schultz made it.
"This is his future, and you have to think about your future," Lazeo said. "It's probably a good move for him for the rest of his life.
"It's got to be tough for him and his teammates to leave this early in the season. They have to move on. He's been a steady player for them for so many years.
"There are really no friends on the field where it's a battle, but I do respect him as an athlete. It's a good thing to be able to retire on your own terms."
With Ryan Thelwell (hamstring) and Titus Ryan (ankle) sitting out practice, plenty of offensive reps were spread around yesterday. Ryan should return to practice today. Thelwell is day-to-day.
If Thelwell doesn't go Saturday against the Blue Bombers, Markus Howell would need to step up. Because both receivers were out, Canadian Blaine Kruger was taking more turns with the first-team offence than he normally would.
The Stamps added import DB John Eubanks to the practice roster. The Southern Miss product played two seasons with the Washington Redskins (2006-07), playing in seven games. He was a training-camp cut by the Blue Bombers this season ... Riders SB Chris Getzlaf was named to the top Canadian for his two-TD performance against the Stamps. Hamilton RB DeAndra Cobb is offensive player of the week, Ticats LB Jamall Johnson is the top defensive player, while Eskimos RB Arkee Whitlock is the special-teamer.