Teyo Johnson won’t be in the Stampeders’ offensive huddle Sunday.
After learning Johnson suffered a stab wound early Friday morning, though, Stamps starting quarterback Henry Burris insisted his towering teammate will be on his mind during Calgary’s playoff showdown with the arch-rival Eskimos.
“For me, the No. 2 (Johnson’s jersey number) is going to be somewhere with me on game day,” Burris said Friday. “If there is anybody we wanted out there with us, it’s him. Right now, the game of football is on the backburner when it comes to him.
“We just want to make sure he’s good and this won’t affect his life. We all hope he’s going to be alright.”
According to city police, the 28-year-old Johnson was wounded in a dance-floor altercation at the Big Four Building in the wee hours of Friday morning.
The towering fullback from White Rock, B.C., spent the night in hospital and was still being monitored Friday morning when Stamps head coach John Hufnagel revealed the news to the assembled media after practice at McMahon Stadium.
Although Hufnagel didn’t divulge many details of the incident, he told reporters he spoke to the second-year Stampeder Friday morning and expressed his concern for his health and well-being.
Johnson’s stab wound was not considered life-threatening.
“Right now, we’re concerned about Teyo, but it did sound positive that he will have a quick recovery,” Hufnagel said.
Johnson is best known for his blocking abilities, but the 6-foot-5, 260-lb. fullback has hauled in 18 passes for 172 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns this season.
Cochrane’s Rob Cote, who scored two majors of his own while Johnson was sidelined with a sprained ankle, will be inserted into the starting lineup.
After hearing his teammate had been hospitalized Friday, Burris was more worried about Johnson’s health than the impact his absence would have on the Stamps offence.
“He’s a dear friend, and to have something like this happen could be tragic,” he said. “Your life could flash before you with something like this. I don’t know the circumstances or what happened, but you never like to see something bad happen to him.”
Johnson spent parts of six seasons in the NFL, including stints in Oakland, Arizona, Miami, Denver and Buffalo. His older brother Riall plays for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.