Thelwell may be done for season

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:21 PM ET

HAMILTON -- With crutches by his side amidst a constant stream of well-wishes from teammates, Ryan Thelwell just tried to keep hope.

The Calgary Stampeders receiver injured his Achilles' tendon late in last night's 24-17 to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and faces the grim reality his season could be done.

The 36-year-old only caught one pass for four yards in the loss, which almost stings worse than the injury.

"My feelings are hurt worse," Thelwell said, holding back tears.

"I didn't play well and I feel like I didn't help the team tonight. This isn't a good night.

"We'll see (how bad it is). Pat (Clayton, the team's trainer) said we'll look at again tomorrow morning. It doesn't even hurt right now. It's just throbbing."

Late in the fourth quarter, Thelwell went out to run a normal route, one of thousands he's done in his career.

But he turned and heard a pop.

He instantly knew it was bad.

He was bothered by a sore Achilles early this week and even missed a practice.

"I thought I tripped over the ref," Thelwell said. "That's what it felt like. There was a pop. I thought I just tripped. I took another step and then I knew. I couldn't feel it."

The Stamps are already without Ken-Yon Rambo for the rest of this season, and to lose another starter is tough.

Thelwell was having a career resurgence in Rambo's spot, plus he's a Canadian who works towards the ratio.

"Ken-Yon was big enough," said quarterback Henry Burris.

"To lose Ryan, a guy who consistently made play after play for us, he's been a sparkplug, and to see that injury happen is devastating. It's going to hurt us."

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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