D-lineman boasts perfect record

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

DeVone Claybrooks is perfect this CFL season.

The only time the Calgary Stampeders have lost in 2010 was a tilt in which Claybrooks sat out as a healthy scratch.

Although the veteran defensive tackle wasn't happy about it, he didn't complain about being sidelined in the 27-24 loss in Week 3 to the Toronto Argonauts. It was a short week, so the Stamps wanted to rest Claybrooks, who turned 33 Wednesday.

Claybrooks felt the loss just as hard as his teammates even though he wasn't in uniform.

"Although I didn't play, I participated in it," Claybrooks said. "I'm still part of the team. We win together, and we lose together. I'm 9-1 just like

the rest of the guys.

"In my whole career, I've never been 9-1." The Stamps defence is having a near-perfect season, too. Among the 25 stats categories tabulated by the CFL, the Stamps are first in 19. They are second in two others and no lower than third in the rest.

"If you knew our coaching staff on the defensive side, you wouldn't know it," Claybrooks said. "They keep our nose to the grindstone. You are fighting for the unattainable goal of perfection. So in our coaches' eyes, they are never satisfied."

LUMSDEN IN SIGHTS

Stampeders GM-head coach John Hufnagel admitted his team has mild interest in signing free-agent RB Jesse Lumsden.

"There has been discussions," Hufnagel said. "When the practice roster opens up, maybe that's a possibility."

The CFL expands practice rosters to 12 players from seven Oct. 6.


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