Stamps cut ties with Labinjo
|Mike Labinjo was cut by the Stamps on Wednesday. (QMI Agency/Lyle Aspinall)
CALGARY - The Calgary Stampeders have officially cut ties with one defensive lineman while adding three others Wednesday morning.
Veteran Mike Labinjo was released by the team, ending a rollercoaster run with the Stamps that lasted four seasons.
Labinjo was a monster during the 2008 Grey Cup run, earning himself a lucrative contract extension in the process. But every other season he played in Calgary was a rocky one.
His first, 2007, ended with an elbow injury, while he suffered a broken leg and was a healthy scratch by the end of 2009. Another arm injury cut short 2010 and this January the Stamps tried unsuccessfully to trade him.
The deal fell through when Labinjo failed a physical with the Montreal Alouettes. When the Stamps picked up three defensive lineman on draft day, the move was basically set in motion.
The Stamps further shored up the defensive line Wednesday by signing three more players, including Canadian Justin Cooper, who spent the last three seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos. Also inking contracts are imports Andre Coleman, who spent last season with the Eskimos as well, and Kevin Dixon, a product of Troy who had a stint with the Seattle Seahawks last year.