Joffrey on the run

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

It won't be Maurice Lloyd eyeing him up from across the line of scrimmage, but Calgary Stampeders running back Joffrey Reynolds isn't exactly ready to relax.

"We really didn't know if he was going to be on or off so we just kind of held the game plan that we have," Reynolds said of Lloyd, who will sit out tonight with a leg injury. "But obviously for them, he's the leader of the defence.

"I think that their replacement Rod Davis is a good football player, I've played against him in college at Southern Miss. Professional football, you play guys to come out and do their job so we expect the backup to come in and fill in and to step up for them."

Reynolds has stepped up so far this season, leading the CFL with seven touchdowns along with Montreal Alouettes running back Avon Cobourne. But Reynolds said he's not preoccupied with numbers.

"You watch them and you don't watch them. You really can't get caught up in that type of stuff," he said. "As a football player you want to have the best game you can. Whether that's me having 200 yards (tonight) or 30 yards, it just depends on how I'm used or what the defence gives us. There are so many variables on how you play."

That doesn't make it any less satisfying whenever he reaches Promised Land.

"If you're scoring touchdowns you're usually winning games," he said. "You're probably winning games when you're scoring touchdowns so that's what I'm most pleased about."

FLAGGED FOOTBALL: The Stampeders enter tonight's game as the West Division's top offenders with 72 penalties for 637 yards, while Edmonton has a division-low 53 penalties for a league-low 413 yards.

"I think penalties are up league-wide this year," said head coach John Hufnagel. "They're probably up 20%. It doesn't give us any excuse for leading the league. We need to work on that."


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