Calixte close to return

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:30 AM ET

Maybe there is some light at the end of the tunnel for the Calgary Stampeders.

Special teams standout Marc Calixte is expected to begin practising next week after missing all of training camp to this point due to a nagging arthritic knee.

“We know the condition of Mark’s knee, and he’s eager to get back on the field,” GM/head coach John Hufnagel said Friday.

Calixte, who’s spent seven seasons with the Stampeders, had a MRI done Wednesday.

Last season, Calixte had

17 special-teams tackles in

13 games and another three over the pair of pre-season games.

He’s not the only veteran expected to be back on the field next week.

Non-import receiver Ryan Thelwell is tagged to be practising in his recovery from a season-ending torn Achilles last year.

“I’m very comfortable, he’s very comfortable and (medical services director) Pat Clayton’s very comfortable. That was the three ingredients we needed to have him back on the field,” Hufnagel said.

“I think we all have the same piece of mind about it.”

Over nine CFL seasons, Thelwell has 429 receptions for 6,591 yards and 38 touchdowns.

Take Dad to the game

The Stamps are offering a Father’s Day package for the June 20 pre-season game. For $54.99, fans can purchase a pair of white tickets, a

2009 Grey Cup championship hat and mug from last year’s Grey Cup game at McMahon Stadium.

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca


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