Don't knock Hughes

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:27 AM ET

It's been six weeks since Charleston Hughes rained down on a quarterback, but it doesn't feel like a drought to him.

"People judge us by sacks, but the team knows what I do for them," said the Calgary Stampeders defensive end.

"You might not see it in sacks, but it happens in other places."

When Hughes came back from an NFL tryout after Labour Day, he started to set the CFL on fire with a Cam Wake-like pace for sacks.

In the first three games, Hughes had six sacks and even started talking about taking the league lead from players who were in the middle of full seasons.

In five games since, the second-year Stampeder hasn't managed a sack and only recorded 10 tackles.

But the Stamps adjusted their defensive schemes so Hughes wasn't just rushing every play so he could avoid being double-teamed.

"I may get a knockdown instead. People ask, 'How is that defensive end getting a knockdown?' It's because I'm back in coverage," Hughes said. "It shows I'm versatile."

TACKLING ILLNESSES

There was good news for the Stampeders offensive line at walkthrough yesterday. Both starting tackles, Ben Archibald and Jeff Pilon, were able to show up after missing Friday's final practice with illness.

Archibald had a stomach flu, while Pilon had a staph infection and minor flu that have both cleared up.

"I wasn't going to miss this game for anything," Pilon said.

Just in case the Stamps have any more problems with Canadians, the team added defensive lineman Mike Labinjo to the roster.

Barring an emergency, Labinjo isn't expected to dress.

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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