Injured Stamps stuck at stadium

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

While able-bodied members of the Stampeders are hitting the blackjack tables or visiting family in far reaches of the continent, the injured are grounded in Calgary.

The bye week takes on a much different meaning for CFL athletes who don't know when they'll get to play again.

It's a double whammy for defensive lineman Mike Labinjo, who got some bad news recently.

"Probably the biggest disappointment and surprise is Mike Labinjo," said disheartened Stamps head coach John Hufnagel yesterday.

"They found a fracture in his upper leg. So he'll not be back as early as we had hoped.

"Probably for at least the next game, we won't have Mike's services. We'll have to see how that progresses."

Another serious injury suffered by Stamps centre Rob Lazeo was discovered when he had his knee scoped before last week's game against the Edmonton Eskimos. It was discovered he had a torn meniscus and could be out as long as a month.

"Those things are week-to-week. How does the knee respond to the scope he had, and the repair that he had with it?" said Hufnagel. "This break obviously helps. That extra week of healing time will allow him to be back one game sooner, but it still will be a few games."

Also week-to-week and hoping to take full advantage of the bye are hard-hitting linebacker Tray Blackmon and defensive lineman Alain Kashama. Both are battling sprained ankles.

Kashama just got back into the lineup after suffering a sprain early in the season. He's back on the sidelines again, but both he and Blackmon got relatively good news when MRIs came back negative.

The bad news is they have to stick around town for treatment.

"They are (stuck here)," Hufnagel said. "Unfortunate for them, I'm sure. There's treatment every morning for the players that are required to be here."


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