Robede ready to roll

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 5:53 AM ET

Two weeks ago, Miguel Robede was due to crack the Calgary Stampeders lineup.

But the day before a home date with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the fourth-year Laval product came down with the flu, forcing Mike Labinjo back on the field.

Labinjo returned early from a fractured leg and is still feeling the effects of it now.

So Robede gets another shot at coming in and making an impact, and this time, he hopes his timing is right.

"I was waiting for my chance ... then I came down with a bad flu," Robede said.

"They have decided to give me a chance this week. I have to grab that chance and make sure I do everything I can. I can't miss assignments."

This has been an up and down year for Robede and Labinjo, who hasn't taken any first-team reps in weeks.

Robede emerged as a steady contributor last season, dressing for every game, as well as the West final and Grey Cup. He recorded five sacks to tie for the team lead in that category with Labinjo and Charleston Hughes.

A knee injury slowed Robede down in the early part of the season, and he missed three of the first seven games.

When Labinjo was injured in Week 6 against Winnipeg, Robede stepped in as a starter for three outings before getting relegated to rotating with new additions such as Jim Davis and DeVone Claybrooks for another three games.

When Labinjo came back, Robede took a seat, but now, they are switching back.

The move comes at the same time as a shuffle on the B.C. Lions offensive line due to veteran centre Angus Reid's foot injury.

Dean Valli will move to centre, while rookie Justin Sorensen is starting at left guard.


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