Scratched Stamps tackle stays positive

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:26 AM ET

It may be wisdom which comes with age.

Or it may be wisely biting his tongue.

Either way, defensive tackle DeVone Claybrooks isn’t about to complain publicly about being scratched for Wednesday’s Stampeders game against the Toronto Argonauts.

Despite an excellent outing against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last Saturday, Claybrooks sat out in favour of Mike Landry in Wednesday’s 27-24 loss to the Argos.

“It’s very tough. Being the competitor I am, you don’t want to not play, especially when you see things not going your way and things you could have contributed to the team with,” Claybrooks said after Friday’s rundown at McMahon Stadium.

“It’s definitely tough to deal with, but you’ve got to put your personal feelings aside and the competitor in you, and try to coach the guys up and make sure they do their jobs.

“You want to help the guys in that spot get better.”

Claybrooks, 32, was sat by GM/head coach John Hufnagel because of the short turnaround in games.

Hufnagel wasn’t backing down from his decision, even though the Stampeders were torched by Argos running back Cory Boyd, who ran for 142 yards on 20 carries.

“The only reason was the four days between games. He’s a good player,” Hufnagel said. “Michael Landry came in and played well. I knew it would be hard on a big person, so we used the depth we had.”


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