Dog days of camp for Stamps

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:22 AM ET

CALGARY - At this point in camp, staging just one practice feels like a half-day.

Even then, the Calgary Stampeders had more than their share of players skipping out.

The injured list grew to nine players Wednesday after three straight days with two practices, but the most notable absentee was a coach.

Offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson missed the practice to attend a funeral, which left head coach John Hufnagel running the offence.

A day earlier, Hufnagel was critical of the sharpness with his group, but he gave them higher grades Wednesday.

“They had a heck of a quarterbacks coach today,” Hufnagel said. “The guys have been working hard. Each and every practice, I haven’t been disappointed with the effort.

“The defence is doing an excellent job. They are further along than the offence right now. That will, hopefully, make the offence better once the season starts.”

Among those players sitting out were receiver Nik Lewis, offensive linemen Dimitri Tsoumpas and Jon Gott and import running back LaMarcus Coker.

So far, there’s no injury of the serious nature.

“Around this time of training camp, you are unfortunately going to have some bumps and bruises,” Hufnagel said. “We have a few, and hopefully, they get back on the field quickly.”

EXTRA POINTS

The Stampeders released defensive back J.T. Leggin … The team will have a free barbecue starting at 3 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the intrasquad game at McMahon Stadium, which kicks off at 4 p.m.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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