Labinjo's homecoming in question

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

There is never a good occasion to be hurt, but Mike Labinjo's timing is impeccably awful.

Only two weeks away from playing his first CFL game in his hometown of Toronto, the Stampeders defensive lineman is doubtful to return from a knee/calf injury.

Labinjo missed Thursday's 38-35 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos with the injury that required him to get an MRI yesterday.

The immediate results aren't known, but the 29-year-old Michigan State alum was hobbling around the locker-room yesterday on a crutch.

He doesn't sound positive about returning Aug. 28 against the Argonauts at Rogers Centre.

"As soon as it happened, my mom called and asked me if affected the trip," Labinjo said. "I'm not sure yet.

"There might be some sort of a Toronto curse.

"It's such a weird injury. They aren't really sure what it is because my knee swelled up so much.

"They thought it was my knee at first and then they thought it was my calf.

"My knee doesn't hurt, and I can put pressure on it, but there is a bone bruise for sure."

Without Labinjo in the lineup, the Stamps defence allowed 174 rushing yards against and recorded one sack. The week before, when Labinjo went out early, the Blue Bombers ran for 232 yards along the ground.

All Labinjo could do was watch.

"I don't like to sit out games," said Labinjo, who missed three games last season with the ankle.

"It's tough watching teams run on us. Any time you lose a game, when it comes down to defence having an opportunity, it makes it that much harder to be out.

"It was entertaining because of all the offence but as a defensive player, it's tough. We knew it would be a high-scoring game and it would come down to whoever made the last defensive stop, or not."


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