Returning to starting lineup a snap for Stamps centre

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:21 PM ET

The Montreal Alouettes aren’t the only ones making a change at centre, but this one isn’t injury related.

Calgary Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel is adding 13 years of experience to his starting roster with Rob Lazeo set to take over from Tim O’Neill at centre.

The move wasn’t explained by Hufnagel, but that hardly matters to Lazeo, who is champing at the bit to play Monday against the Montreal Alouettes at Molson Stadium.

“A start is a start,” said the 37-year-old. “It’s just another week. The gameplan doesn’t change with one change at centre. We will be ready to go.

“I’ve been fired up since training camp. I have a little pent-up aggression in me, and that will be released in the game.”

The Alouettes will be going with Luc Brodeur-Jordain at centre after veteran Paul Lambert suffered a season-ending biceps tear during last Friday’s 46-21 Stampeders victory.

The Stamps’ move is less clear, though Hufnagel said it’s not because of injury that he’s making the switch.

When Dan Comiskey (concussion) went down before last week’s win, the Stamps suffered a blow to their line, although Steve Myddelton stepped up and played well in his absence.

Lazeo has been a positive influence from the sidelines this season, and he’s displayed great leadership despite not playing every down.

“It’s impressive to see a guy’s character,” said left tackle Ben Archibald.

“You really see a guy’s intent in terms of the team or him as an individual.

“It’s been that way throughout the whole season with his preparation both physically and mentally, and now he’s getting a shot.

“You never know if you are going to get that shot, but when it comes, you have to take advantage. Rob has been around long enough to know how to handle it.”

Thankful to be home

Jabari Arthur is certainly thankful he gets to spend the holiday with family. The Montreal native will be a bit busy Monday during Thanksgiving, so the chances are he will celebrate it Sunday when the Stamps arrive.

“I’m going to have my mom cook up a little something and bring it by the hotel for the fellas,” said the Stamps receiver. “It will be a small Thanksgiving at the hotel.”

This is only the second time Arthur will play in Montreal, and the first one was the 2008 Grey Cup victory over the Alouettes.

“Every time I go back, it’s an occasion,” Arthur said.


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