Stamps boss denies Lewis threw punch

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:51 PM ET

Even on the sidelines in street clothes, Nik Lewis still drew a lot of attention Saturday night.

The Calgary Stampeders expect the receiver to make an impact between the white lines Friday against the Montreal Alouettes, instead of just getting into verbal sparring matches like he did Saturday night.

After the 29-10 loss to the B.C. Lions, Stamps head coach John Hufnagel went to separate Lewis and Lions defensive back Davis Sanchez at midfield.

Sanchez claimed afterwards Lewis threw a punch at him, but there is no evidence of that, Hufnagel said.

“I saw them chatting and me and Wally (Buono) both separated them,” Hufnagel said. “That’s all I know. What else took place, I don’t know.

“Davis Sanchez was jawing on our bench all night long. Him and Nik jawing after

the game, I’m not real surprised about that either.

“I don’t want that to happen. I will have a chat with him.”

Lewis, who missed the game with a knee injury, refused comment Saturday night but said on Twitter he didn’t throw a punch.

“If I did then there would have been a riot on the field,” Lewis wrote on Twitter.

The slotback also posted that he’s coming back Friday to face the Montreal Alouettes in what is suddenly a hugely important outing for the 9-3 Stamps.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders (8-4) are right on their heels for first place in the West Division.

It might be a drastically different lineup Friday from the one that dressed against the Lions.

Defensive end Mike Labinjo was a scratch, while Tom Johnson (abdomen/groin) is also expected to return against the Als.

Although Labinjo had some aches and pains, Hufnagel said the decision to sit him was for a game plan against the Lions.

“I expect him to be on the field this week and I fully expect him to play Friday unless something happens,” Hufnagel said.

“It started at the beginning of the week when we designed it so we would play the two Canadian defensive tackles (Miguel Robede and Corey Mace).

“We schemed it according, with Miguel and Corey. When Corey got injured (with an abdomen strain), we had to adjust it by taking Ahmad (Carroll, an import defensive back) off the roster, so the scheme wouldn’t change.”


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