Veterans set to return

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

As hard as it was for Calgary Stampeders fans to watch Saturday night, witnessing the debacle was worse for Mike Labinjo and Nik Lewis.

Both players were battling some injuries and were on the sidelines for the 29-10 beating at the hands of the B.C. Lions.

On Friday, they will have a chance to affect the out-come when the Montreal Alouettes come to town.

"I'm definitely excited to be back," said Labinjo, who missed his first game this season.

"They told me before the last game I would be back this week.

"I wish I could have played that last game but (head coach John Hufnagel) explained I might have been banged up and they had some scheme stuff they wanted to use with other guys.

"I took it in stride. As soon as I heard I would be back this week, it made me feel better, also."

Both players were back in full action during Monday's practice at McMahon Stadium, as was defensive tackle Tom Johnson, who sat with a groin injury.

Defensive tackle Corey Mace also participated, but lineman Justin Phillips sat with an ankle problem.

Receiver Ken- Yon Rambo took another day to rest but he expects to return to the field Tuesday.

Lewis made up for lost time by participating in every drill to its fullest.

"I felt good," Lewis said. "I felt mobile. It's still better than two years ago but not as good as I can be.

"I will be better by the time the game comes around. I did every rep in practice so I feel good about it. Back into the fire.

"To be a leader, you need to show. You can't just talk about it. Hopefully, they follow."


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