Labinjo injury forces Stamps' Claybrooks to sit

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:57 PM ET

DeVone Claybrooks is friends with Mike Labinjo, but he didnt know he was joined at the hip with the fellow defensive lineman.

When Labinjo suffered a season-ending elbow injury in Montreal, the Calgary Stampeders needed to shuffle their roster to maintain the import ratio.

That meant while an import drew in for Labinjo at defensive end, Corey Mace and Miguel Robede combined to play at Claybrooks defensive tackle position.

Without being able to get on the field much, Claybrooks isnt even dressing, and he will be out the Stampeders lineup for the foreseeable future.

Its a tough pill to swallow, and yeah, Im upset, Claybrooks said. Ive been playing pretty well this year. It was tough to sit on the bench, but there is a bigger picture of the Grey Cup than just my ego.

I have to deal with it. I hope we get it fixed as soon as possible, as my ego says. Being a team player and leader, they count on me to lead by example off the field, as well.

By no means is this a vacation, even though I might think it is some days.

In Sundays 34-26 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Claybrooks and Labinjo werent the only regular defensive players out of action.

Stamps middle linebacker Juwan Simpson also sat with a knee injury, but he should return Friday against the B.C. Lions.

That means Robert McCune will move back to defensive end, while Khari Long (foot) will miss some time.

If Claybrooks does get the call again, he will be rested and ready.

One of the benefits I can tell you is Im a bit nicked and bruised, Claybrooks said. (The time off) helps out in that aspect. I caught a helmet to the knee in Montreal. Im still recovering. The timing is not bad at all.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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