'Backer thankful for trip home

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Marc Calixte still needs to scare up several game tickets to satisfy the requests of his family and friends.

He seems to have secured a plane ticket, though, and that was the top priority.

The Calgary Stampeders backup linebacker and special-teams terror was sporting a smile as wide as the uprights yesterday as he packed his bag for Montreal. A knee injury threatened to keep the Laval, Que., native out of the lineup for the Thanksgiving Monday tilt against the host Alouettes, but all indications are Calixte will be making the road trip.

"I just can't wait to get to Montreal and bring back a win," Calixte said. "It's always nice to go home.

"The added fact that I can see my family -- my son, my little daughter and my wife -- it makes me feel good inside."

Calixte, 31, returned to practice yesterday at McMahon Stadium, showing no signs of sluggishness after sitting out Thursday's drills with a sore knee.

Cornerback Dwight Anderson (hamstring) and defensive end Charleston Hughes (foot) -- both starters on the defensive side of the ball -- were spectators for yesterday's practice session, but they're both expected to be available for Monday's Grey Cup rematch in Montreal.

While briefing the media on the injury situation, Stamps coach John Hufnagel told reporters, "I feel very strongly we'll have the same lineup this week as we had last week."

That's bad news for fourth-year defensive lineman Miguel Robede, who was raised in Val D'Or and played university football for the powerhouse Laval Rouge Et Or.

Robede was a healthy scratch last week against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The 28-year-old admitted missing the Stampeders' only trip this season to his home province would be a tough pill to swallow, although he insisted it wouldn't change his football routine.

"I've got to do my thing. It can't affect me, because this is professional football," Robede said. "I don't know what's going to happen.

"If I'm not there, I'll be watching TV, encouraging my team, and hopefully, we'll get that W."

WES.GILBERTSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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