Other Comiskey to line up with Stamps

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

To help fill the gap left by an offensive lineman forced to end his CFL career, the Calgary Stampeders brought one out of retirement.

And they won't even have to change the name on the back of the jersey.

Signing with the Stampeders Tuesday, Dan Comiskey will revive his football career with the team his younger brother, John Comiskey, left last week because of a troublesome knee injury.

"I'm very excited to get the opportunity to play for Calgary," Comiskey said in a statement released by the club.

"I'm looking forward to going out there and playing all-star calibre football again. I'm so happy to be able to return to football with such a great team. I've been training for 18 months straight, and this is the best I've felt in years."

Injuries contributed to the 6-foot-5, 300-plus pounder calling it quits before the 2009 season after a 12-year career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Edmonton Eskimos and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Comiskey was a West Division all-star in 2003 and '06 and won a par of Grey Cups with the Esks in '03 and '05, but sat out most of the '08 campaign with a broken ankle and retired.

The 37-year-old's 166 regular-season games and 13 post-season contests will come in handy in training camp next month for a team that also lost linemen Dimitri Tsoumpas (NFL's Miami Dolphins) and Jeff Pilon (retirement).

"Dan is an experienced offensive lineman who has been very productive in the Canadian Football League," said Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel. "We have been in contact throughout the off-season, and we're very pleased that we could come to an agreement. He brings a lot of intrinsic value to the team in terms of leadership and attitude and will be a welcome addition when we go to camp in a few weeks."


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