Bad breaks mark Chambers' debut

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

In his CFL debut, Calgary Stampeders receiver Jackie Chambers could barely catch a break.

Even when it appeared he was ready to make a play on a deep ball, Edmonton Eskimos defensive back Lenny Williams hauled him down for a pass-interference call.

The rookie finally caught a pass, for 10 yards, midway through the third quarter of the 35-34 victory, but he also had a couple clank off his hands.

"It was behind me when it was over with," Chambers said. "I went over the mental mistakes I made, the slips I made and the blocking schemes. It's a new day, and we have a game with Hamilton on Friday.

"I was nervous the first two quarters. I'm thankful the veterans were able to calm me down. This is a great leadership group.

"As a rookie, you come in and try to show your speed and everything."

Chambers replaced Jermaine Jackson for the outing in Edmonton, as the Stamps try to find the right player for the fifth-receiver spot.

The Lane College product was cut during training camp but brought back when Ken-Yon Rambo went out with a knee injury.

He has a little more competition for his job now that the Stamps brought in recent NFL cut Maurice Price yesterday and added the 24-year-old to the practice roster.

Price was just released by the San Francisco 49ers after spending last season with the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chambers might have had decent numbers last week if he had caught a pass on which he was interfered. The penalty went for 40 yards, and the speedy receiver might have broken free.

"(Williams) pulled me over," Chambers said. "After he interfered with me, I stood up and he walked over and said, 'Slow down.'

"He kept telling me to slow down, both him and No. 27 (Kelly Malveaux)."

EXTRA POINTS

The Stamps had a couple of familiar faces in practice yesterday for a brief period. Both DL Mike Labinjo (fractured leg) and DB Brandon Browner (sprained knee) took part in individual drills before leaving early. Neither is ready for Friday's game against Hamilton. "As far as injuries are concerned, it's looking a little brighter," said Stamps coach John Hufnagel. "It was Brandon and Mike's first day, so tomorrow will be a good indication. We need to find out how far they are in rehab about how far along they are" ... DL Justin Phillips (ankle) and LB Tristan Black (ankle) both returned to the field ... The Stamps have also added import DB Dee Webb.


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