Davis snags chance to kickstart career

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

After unloading a package of players for two receivers, John Hufnagel is happy to get one for free.

Joining new receivers Romby Bryant and Arjei Franklin in Calgary Stampeders practice was former Hamilton Tiger-Cats slotback Chris Davis, who signed as a free-agent.

Davis was let go by the Ticats last week, just before Hamilton beat the Stamps 24-17 Friday, despite the fact he had 34 catches for 440 yards and two TDs this season.

"They brought three guys in who could help out in some fashion," Davis said.

"Hopefully, we all can help them out. I met with all the coaches and they seem to like how I performed the first half of the season.

"My main thing is to get an opportunity whether it is this week, next week or a few weeks down the road."

The 5-foot-10, 180 lb. Davis spent two seasons with the Montreal Alouettes before joining the Ticats last season.

LABINJO BACK AT PRACTICE

With all the new additions, Mike Labinjo almost got lost in the shuffle.

The Canadian defensive lineman returned to practice yesterday after missing four games with a leg fracture.

He isn't guaranteed to play Friday against the B.C. Lions, but just getting into action is a positive sign for the team's nominee for top Canadian last year.

"The leg has healed nicely," Labinjo said. "It was more of a question of letting it rest. I was trying to do too much and trying to come back too soon.

"When I was cleared to go, I said 'You can't stop me now, I'm going full speed.' "

The Stamps gave up team sack leader Odell Willis in a deal with Winnipeg Sunday. But with Charleston Hughes stepping in as defensive ends and CB Brandon Browner nearing a return, the Stamps look more like the defence that won the Grey Cup last season.

EXTRA POINTS

Starting LG Jesse Newman (shoulder) missed practice and unlikely to suit up Friday against the Lions. OL Godrey Ellis will take his place ... C Rob Lazeo (knee) returned to practice after missing a month following surgery.


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