Backfield takes beating

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

At the rate the non-imports in the Calgary Stampeders backfield are getting cut, Rob Cote better be careful with his pre-game meal.

A week after fullback Teyo Johnson was stabbed at a downtown concert, Jon Cornish sliced open his toe on a metal can lid at home.

Cornish missed the past two practices but should be fine for tomorrow's West final in Regina against the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2:30 p.m., TSN).

If bad things happen in threes, Cote might want to take extra care over the next 40 hours.

"It seems to be going that way," Cornish said. "At least this one was just self-inflicted."

Cornish's injury happened late Wednesday night, and when the third-year running back out of Kansas showed up at practice Thursday, he needed to be stitched up.

"Sometimes, it gets hot in my apartment. What do I do when it gets hot? I pop open a window and grab a popsicle," Cornish explained. "I went to the kitchen to get a popsicle. I had done some cooking early in the night. I put some cans in the garbage. I usually put my food stuff in a bag to take it out so it doesn't sit around and get smelly.

"The kitchen was dark, I walked past the garbage bag. My foot accidentally kicks it. I hit the can lid. I turn on the lights and there is blood everywhere. It sliced right into my right big toe."

Cornish, who missed the first three games this season with a knee injury, the first ailment of his CFL career, knew exactly how to handle the gash because of his years taking a pounding in college.

"I know about stitches. I knew I had six hours, so I asked myself if I should sleep? Yes, I should sleep," said Cornish, who needed a tetanus shot.

"I got some vodka and splashed over it. Foot injuries you have to clean really well. I cleaned it really good and put some gauze on it, then some paper towel and tape.

"It was good enough to hold it through the night."


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