Little rest before rivalry ignites

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders players enjoyed a little down-time yesterday after their win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Saturday night.

Ramping things up quickly when practice resumes late this afternoon, there won't be much time to relax until after the Stampeders play the rival Edmonton Eskimos Thursday in the Alberta capital.

Then, the Stamps will get a bye-week in their CFL schedule.

"The challenge first lies with the coaching staff, getting the information together as far as a game plan to present to the players," Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said of the short turnaround.

"There's two challenges -- No. 1, to make sure your players are rested -- but also prepared."

LABINJO SIDELINED

No word on how seriously DL Mike Labinjo is hurt.

He injured his calf early in the 31-23 win over the Bombers and didn't return.

"I probably won't know a lot about that until (today)," Hufnagel said. "I talked to Mike after the game, and he said it tightened up but he'll be ready."

That's the early prognosis from the training staff as well, but the coach won't know for sure until he sees Labinjo practising.

"Hoping it gets better in a short amount of time," he said.

With the bye-week approaching, he doesn't anticipate any banged up bodies, like receiver Ryan Thelwell, returning against the Esks Thursday.


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