Sick Labinjo ordered to go home

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders aren't taking any chances.

When Mike Labinjo showed some signs of illness yesterday, the hulking defensive tackle was sent home from McMahon Stadium.

Stamps boss John Hufnagel pointed out that's always been the team policy for under-the-weather players, and nothing has changed in the face of fears about the spread of H1N1 flu.

"We've been fighting a few cases. Every day, it's another person or two," Hufnagel said. "We've been fighting the flu for over a month now. Whether it's Mike or anybody else, we've had the same precaution."

This weekend's opponent, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, have also seen some of their players battling illness.

The Calgary Flames have been at the centre of controversy for the past two days after word leaked out players and their family members were able to skip the lineups and receive their H1N1 shots last week.

Unless they visited a public clinic on their own time, Stamps players have not received their vaccination.

Labinjo, who has struggled to return to form after missing six games with a leg fracture, was a healthy scratch last week against the B.C. Lions.

Defensive lineman Jim Davis (back) also missed yesterday's practice session.

TEYO CLAIMS HE'S HEALTHY

Fullback Teyo Johnson insists his sprained ankle has healed. If somebody wants to test his moves, they can try to keep him off the flight to Regina.

"Something was going to have to be broke for me to not be playing in this game, that's for sure," Johnson said. "Luckily, it was just a sprained ankle and it feels good and I'm ready to go. I'm excited."

Johnson suffered the injury in the first half of the last meeting between the Stamps and Roughriders. He was standing on the sidelines as his replacement, Cochrane's Rob Cote, scored his first touchdown of the season in the overtime session.

Cote had the best outing of his CFL career last week, racking up 75 receiving yards on four catches.

ROOKIES FACE TRADITION

The freshmen fell for it again. The Stamps rookies were treated to the annual pie-in-the-face treatment after yesterday's practice session at McMahon Stadium.

Just moments after linebacker Tim Johnson was hailed as the team's top newcomer this year, the entire rookie class was wiping cream pie off their faces.

"I had no clue," Johnson said. "Just totally blindsided."

With five seasons of NFL experience under his belt, the 31-year-old Johnson is not a true rookie. Fellow linebacker Malik Jackson is a shoo-in to be named Calgary's top rookie today, when the CFL announces team nominees for the annual league awards.


Videos

Photos