A downer for Browner

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

Make that two road wins and two knee injuries to Calgary Stampeders starters.

The latest loss is all-star cornerback Brandon Browner, who will miss three to four weeks with a sprained left knee suffered Friday in a 23-20 victory over the Toronto Argonauts.

For a team that didn't lose major names en route to the Grey Cup win a year ago, Browner's injury is a bit of piling on with impact players.

In Week 4, the Stamps lost 2008 leading receiver Ken-Yon Rambo with an ACL tear during a 48-10 win over the B.C. Lions.

"It's something teams have to deal with," said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel. "Good teams deal with it, and we'll find out how good we are.

"We will have a corner who can play. How we shuffle the deck, we're not completely sure at this time. We will have to either find a new person or go with what we have and the way we did it during the game."

When Browner went out just before halftime against the Argos, Dwight Anderson slid over to the short-side cornerback spot and sophomore Keon Raymond took Anderson's spot on the wide side.

Anderson had a great game changing spots, but the decision will have to be made about making two changes to cover one injury.

The Stamps could move Canadian utility man Markus Howell back to defence as an extra defensive back, keep Raymond in the secondary instead of as a linebacker or dress Davanzo Tate at one of the spots.

To his credit, Anderson doesn't care where he lines up, although he agrees it will be tough being without Browner's physical presence in the secondary.

"When you have that missing from your defence, it's a big part," Anderson said.

"He's an all-star, and you can't replace him with just anybody. It's going to be a collective effort.

"We will have to work together because one of us can't replace 6-foot-4."

The Stamps have lost more starters this season already than they did a year ago.

The likes of defensive lineman Mike Labinjo and centre Rob Lazeo are also in the sidelines right now.

It takes plenty to knock Browner out of action. He played on what was later revealed as a fractured ankle during the Grey Cup victory.

"I room with BB on the road, so I know him back and forth. This is killing him," Anderson said.

"He wants to be on the field no matter what. He was trying to come back on that knee (against the Argos). Pat (Clayton, the team's trainer) had to hide his helmet and strap him up."

Anderson will start the practice week wearing the smooth leather work gloves as punishment for a late pass interference call against the Argos.

Whether he is on the short side or the wide side next Monday against the Edmonton Eskimos doesn't matter a whole lot to him.

"The boundary is quicker. You get worked hard," Anderson said.

"BB covers a lot of ground there. Me being over there ... I'm just a little dot over there.

"It's different than the field. It was my hardest game of the year, but I took on the challenge.

"When coach said to go to the boundary, I said, 'OK.' I'm a kid in a candy store. Just tell me where you want me to go. I just like playing ball.

"If you don't know the defence, you will look like a fool out here. So I know it."

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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