Lewis not ruled out

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:35 PM ET

Nik Lewis didnt look like a guy saddled with a serious injury.

Sporting a balaclava over his face on a frigid morning, the Calgary Stampeders slotback was all smiles as he hammed up with teammates at McMahon Stadium.

Although he wasnt an active participant in practice, it seems more and more likely Lewis will be able to suit up for Saturdays showdown with the B.C. Lions.

Talk to Nik, hell tell you hes not ruled out, said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel.

Lewis injured his knee in Fridays loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and initially feared he might be sidelined for a significant amount of time.

A few days later, the prognosis seems much better.

Hes coming along well, Hufnagel said. Hes very optimistic about playing this game, so well see.

If Lewis isnt ready for Saturdays clash, Jabari Arthur will likely start at slotback. Second-year Stampeder Jermaine Jackson was released Tuesday to clear a roster spot for running back Jesse Lumsden, meaning rookie Landan Talley is next up on the depth chart.

In addition to Lewis, defensive linemen DeVone Claybrooks (hand), Robert McCune (hamstring) and Tom Johnson (undisclosed) also missed Tuesdays practice.


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