Browner's new son a non-import

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:47 PM ET

His son's birth certificate will have Tuesday's date stamped on it.

The kid will also have non-import status should he ever follow in dad's CFL footsteps.

But Brandon Browner was the one looking re-born at practice Wednesday.

"I feel like a new man, almost," the Stampeders defensive back said a day after baby McCoy was born here in Calgary.

"It's just a relief to have a healthy baby here. It's a gift from God."

His girlfriend Marin -- a fellow Californian -- has been in the city for about a month and was due Sept. 7.

McCoy Brodee Browner, who weighed in at a healthy six pounds, 11 ounces, didn't want to wait that long.

"He wanted to get up out of there," his proud pop said with a grin. "It worked out perfect."

Missing just one practice to be there for the birth, the 26-year-old Browner doesn't have to worry about the timing or health of his second child.

Tattooed on his left arm is the image of his first son Matthew, who's four this year. Browner will add an ink tribute to McCoy before long.

"I'm gonna wait a year so those features can come in, then I'm gonna get it put on my arm," he said.

The birth seems to have energized him.

"You see your kid born, come out healthy, you can't ask for any more than that. It was a great day for me yesterday," Browner said.

"I've got different responsibilities. I'm ready to step up and do things that a father's supposed to do. Extra motivation, I'd say."

It wasn't just words.

Early in practice, Browner picked off a throw intended for Nik Lewis. He nearly added a second interception near the end of the session.

He's hoping to carry that kind of playmaking into Friday night's game against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver.

"Hopefully," he said. "I feel like I've got a weight lifted off my shoulder."

McCoy and mom will be home waiting when he gets back from the quick trip to the coast.

"We'll be there in and out," Browner said. "We're flying back after the game, so I'll be here at 2:30 in the morning.

"He'll probably still be up."

Quartet ruled out

Stamps head coach John Hufnagel ruled out injured DEs Justin Phillips and Charleston Hughes for Friday. He also said newcomers DE/LB Shaun Richardson and DB Ahmad Carroll won't suit up so soon.


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