Lewis not ruled out

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:35 PM ET

Nik Lewis didn’t 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 wasn’t an active participant in practice, it seems more and more likely Lewis will be able to suit up for Saturday’s showdown with the B.C. Lions.

“Talk to Nik, he’ll tell you he’s not ruled out,” said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel.

Lewis injured his knee in Friday’s 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.

“He’s coming along well,” Hufnagel said. “He’s very optimistic about playing this game, so we’ll see.”

If Lewis isn’t ready for Saturday’s 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 Tuesday’s practice.


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