Stamps backfield would welcome Lumsden

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:37 AM ET

REGINA -- If Jesse Lumsden does join the Calgary Stampeders, the players sharing the backfield would welcome the former first-round draft pick.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced Thursday they were no longer in the running for the free-agent running back, leading to further speculation he would soon join the Stamps.

Lumsden is currently based in Calgary training with the Olympic bobsled team. He competed for Canada during the Vancouver Games.

Stamps GM-head coach John Hufnagel declined to comment on the possible signing, preferring to focus on Friday's meeting with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but Lumsden's potential new teammates would applaud the move.

"It would accomplish a few things," said Canadian running back Jon Cornish. "He would be a viable backup to me and (fullback) Rob Cote. It plain gives us more depth with Canadians.

"Both of those are good things. If I go down, you need a Canadian to come in for me. If Cote goes down, we don't really have a true backup for him now."

Cornish suffered a hamstring injury a couple of weeks ago in B.C. but the injury hasn't kept him from missing time. He says he is 100% for Friday's game in Regina.

Lumsden has battled injuries since coming into the CFL with Hamilton in 2005. His tenure with the Edmonton Eskimos last season lasted one quarter before a shoulder injury took him out.

Hufnagel said Wednesday the Stamps would look at putting Lumsden on their practice roster, which would make him available if any Canadian did suffer an injury. With 2009 CFL leading rusher Joffrey Reynolds as the main starter, Lumsden could be a valuable bit player.

"It adds depth, definitely," Reynolds said. "He was a quality Canadian player. There's no remedy for injuries. We fly around at full speed.

"Anybody can get hurt at any time. For him, some things were unfortunate. He could sign with us and not have another injury for the rest of his career."

Stamps quarterback Henry Burris, who had Lumsden as a guest during his celebrity fundraiser in May, would also applaud bringing in the former Hec Crighton Trophy winner.

"If everything is good with his shoulder, he would be a heck of an addition," Burris said. "To me, he's one of the greatest Canadians to step on this field athletic-wise.


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