New Stamp ended Jesse's '09

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:15 AM ET

CALGARY -- Jesse Lumsden figured he would meet Siddeeq Shabazz again, but he didn't think they would be wearing the same colours.

In last year's season-opener, Shabazz, then of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, dropped a routine shoulder-to-shoulder hit on the then-Edmonton Eskimos running back.

It was the final play of 2009 for Lumsden, who suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery. On Thursday, Shabazz ran beside Lumsden as both players are trying to move on in their football careers.

"It interesting how life works out," Lumsden said. "It's another chapter in the story. It's good to have him here. We were doing one-on-one routes (Thursday), working off each other to try and get better and try and help the Stampeders.

"It would be different if he intentionally tried to hurt me. He just made a hit and the results were what they were."

When the CFL practice roster expanded this week (up to 12 total from seven) to let teams look at future prospects, the Stamps opted for players who might help their immediate present.

Along with Shabazz, a three-year CFL defensive back and linebacker, the Stamps also added defensive lineman Khari Long, who spent 2009 and 2010 with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats before being let go to make room for Stevie Baggs.

Adding those players -- along with Lumsden a few weeks ago -- signifies the Stamps are all about this year.

It certainly helped that the 10-3 Stamps are Grey Cup contenders when trying to attract veterans to practice roster deals with no obligation of dressing for games.

"I haven't won a championship up here yet, and this is a great opportunity to win one," said Shabazz, who had tried out for Las Vegas of the United Football League. "That played a big role in me coming."

Shabazz spent two seasons in Edmonton before winding up in Winnipeg last season. He got off to a hot start, scoring touchdowns on two interception returns, including one against the Stamps in a Bombers win, but his season was derailed by ankle and foot sprains.

"I was out there on two bum legs," Shabazz said. "I couldn't get to the plays as fast. I was still making tackles, but I was a step away from the plays that I was making at the beginning of the season.

"I missed just one game. The rest of the time, I was out there going at it."

Stamps head coach John Hufnagel hopes to add two more players to the practice roster, but the individuals are having passport issues. The team did sign import running back Chad Kackert, a product of New Hampshire who could be an option as a kick returner.

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