Knee trouble puts Lazeo on sidelines

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

An elbow injury kept Rob Lazeo out of a game earlier this season.

The Calgary Stampeders' starting centre could be sidelined a little longer this time around.

Skipping practice yesterday, Lazeo had arthroscopic surgery on a knee and will miss at least Thursday's tilt against the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium.

"They had to clean some things up," said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel, who was looking on the bright side.

"It wasn't as serious as (we) were thinking, so that's good news, but he'll be out for this game."

It could be longer, but there is a possibility Lazeo will be cleared after the bye week.

"Because of the break, I'm not quite sure what his status will be after that," Hufnagel said.

Tim O'Neill, who started the Bombers game July 10 in Lazeo's place, will get the nod Thursday.

"He's excited about it," Hufnagel said.

"It'll be a good test for him, too. Edmonton has an excellent defensive line. Their linebacking group is active, and they're gonna try and bring some pressure on the quarterback."

DL STATUS UNCLEAR

Defensive lineman Mike Labinjo was nowhere to be seen yesterday after tweaking a calf muscle Saturday night early in the first quarter.

Hufnagel still isn't sure whether he'll be able to practice today and play Thursday in Edmonton.

"He wasn't out there today. I'm not quite sure whether or not he'll be out there tomorrow," Hufnagel said.

"We'll give it another day and see how it develops."

There are options, however, with a pair of injured non-import d-linemen available to take his place.

Both Miguel Robede and Alain Kashama spent time with the starters yesterday in practice.

Kashama sprained his ankle in Week 3, and Robede has been dealing with a knee injury.

HUF KNOWS HOW TO GET GRUFF

Someone suggested to DB Dwight Anderson that coach Hufnagel bites his tongue a little when it comes to calling out his players.

At issue all year has been Anderson's penchant for taking penalties.

The cornerback swears Hufnagel is much more unabashed when talking to his team.

"He might bite his tongue to you all, but he lets us know it. He keeps it clean for the media," said Anderson.

"It's a family. You argue with your brother in front of the house, but once you get inside, you say what you have to say.

"And when you tell your friends about it, it doesn't sound the same."


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