Stamps' Arthur gets another shot

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:24 PM ET

Jabari Arthur always prepares as if he's going to play.

This week, he gets a chance to practice knowing the opportunity to contribute on the field will be there.

With Ryan Thelwell out of Monday's Labour Day Classic against the Edmonton Eskimos due to a groin injury, Arthur will move into the veteran's role within the Stamps' offence.

That means there should be plenty of chances for Arthur to show what he can do. He has just one reception in eight career regular-season games.

"This week, things will be different," said Arthur, who was brought back to the team after being released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in July.

"Everybody has a role. Whatever opportunities present themselves, I will try to take full advantage."

Arthur played four games at the end of 2008 and was on the roster for the Grey Cup run that year.

But it wasn't until Aug. 15 against the Eskimos at home that he finally made his first reception. He missed all of last season with a foot injury and was traded midway through to the Bombers.

That reception didn't come easy, as Eskimos lineman Kai Ellis ripped his helmet off in the tackle. He couldn't celebrate because he was so steamed.

"My first one will always be a memorable one," Arthur said. "What happened after was something I will be able to tell my kids."

After being back with the Stamps for more than a month, Arthur feels ready to make something happen in the fifth-receiver role.

INJURY UPDATES

Although a handful of players sat out practice Wednesday, the news did get better on the injury front.

Defensive linemen Charleston Hughes and Justin Phillips returned from hamstring injuries that have kept them out since a Week 5 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The only player ruled out this week is R Ryan Thelwell, but R Nik Lewis (eye), DL Tearrius George (hamstring), RB Jon Cornish (hamstring) and DB Taurean Allen (leg) were held out of the session. None of the injuries are thought to be serious.

STAMPS GET NO LOVE

The Stamps were shut out of the CFL player of the month awards despite going undefeated in August.

Toronto Argonauts RB Cory Boyd and LB Kevin Eiben picked up offensive and Canadian honours respectively, while Montreal's Chip Cox took the defensive award and B.C.'s Yonus Davis won the special teams award.

Stamps LB Karl McCartney and RB Jon Cornish were runners-up in the special teams and Canadian categories respectively.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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