Stampeders' Davis retires

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:56 PM ET

For the Calgary Stampeders, training camp cant come soon enough.

Sure, theres always the risk of injuries, but its hard to imagine on-field owwies hitting the team any harder than a string of off-season retirements has.

On Tuesday afternoon, import defensive lineman Jim Davis announced he was hanging up his cleats, joining receiver Brett Ralph, returner Markus Howell, linebacker Tim Jonhson and offensive linemen Jeff Pilon and John Comiskey as recent retirees.

After one campaign with the arch-rival Edmonton Eskimos, Davis joined the Stamps last August, racking up 19 tackles, six sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 10 regular-season games.

He also suited up for two playoff games, registering one tackle.

Turns out, a recurring back injury will keep Davis from returning for another season in Red & White.

I would like to say thank-you to our coaching staff and the entire Stampeders organization for letting me make my return last season. They allowed me to continue my dream and get back on the field and I appreciate that, Davis said.

I would also like to thank all of my teammates. We had some great times, and hopefully I can catch up with them again soon. Lastly, I would like to thank the fans of Calgary for supporting me. They are some of the best fans I have seen in my time.

The recent rash of retirements leaves several spots in the starting lineup up for grabs at what promises to be a competitive training camp.

Rookie camp is scheduled to start Wednesday, with the veterans hitting the turf Sunday.

wes.gilbertson@sunmedia.ca


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