New Stamp puts team before self

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

CALGARY - Ahmad Carroll could have sounded off about his speed, trumpeted his tackling abilities or boasted about his ballhawking skills.

Instead, he opted to praise the play of his teammates.

Asked what he could add to the Calgary Stampeders lineup if he's activated for Saturday's tilt, the former first-round pick of the NFL's Green Bay Packers refused to toot his own horn.

"I really can't bring anything," Carroll said.

"I mean, without me, they're 9-2. They're playing lights out. I'm just a piece of the puzzle that might fit in, whether it be on special teams or whether it be seeing what I see on the field and relaying it back to one of my teammates.

"To be honest with you, with the scheme and the way these guys are playing, I can't do nothing but step in and listen and try to help them any way I can.

"I want to come in and be a piece of that puzzle."

All indications are Carroll will get that opportunity in Saturday's showdown with the B.C. Lions at McMahon Stadium.

The defensive back/ returner has been a healthy scratch for four straight games since signing with the Stamps, but he has been seeing spot duty with the starting defence in practice this week.

Carroll spent parts of four seasons in the NFL, including stints with the Packers, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets, and also ser ved a one-year suspension after an arrest on drug and gun charges.

Calgary might be a long way from Lambeau Field, but the 27-year-old speedster is thrilled to be playing pro football again.

"I just feel blessed and thankful that I'm coming to a team that has an opportunity to do special things this year," Carroll said.

EXTRA POINTS

DL Tom Johnson (groin/abdomen) will likely miss Saturday's game, while SB Nik Lewis (knee) and DE Robert McCune (hamstring) both missed a second straight practice and remain question marks. DL DeVone Claybrooks (hand) returned to Wednesday's practice, while SB Ken-Yon Rambo (abdomen) was a spectator.


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