Stamps snapper shows value from sidelines

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

CALGARY - If the Calgary Stampeders season started tomorrow, they would have a huge question mark if centre Tim O’Neill were to get hurt.

“Luckily we’re not starting tomorrow,” said Stamps GM-head coach John Hufnagel.

Based on Wednesday’s performance by the backup centres, the Stamps could be in trouble should O’Neill need to come out.

Second-year Stamp Zac Carlson snapped one shotgun attempt off his backside, which led to a turnover, while another one was well over the head of the quarterback.

Oamo Culbreath relieved him, but the rookie isn’t quite ready for game action. If Jon Gott, who is nursing a concussion, doesn’t come back to full health, there will be issues.

“When Oamo did take over, he did OK,” Hufnagel said. “Obviously Zac had a tough time. Jon was doing a nice job at the centre position. We’re trying to get him back in and see how he does during individual work. We will monitor him and see how much of practice he can undertake.”

RIOTS DISGUST FRASER

The loss was tough enough, but Eric Fraser was doubly disappointed to see his hometown torn apart by riots following the Vancouver Canucks Game 7 loss of Wednesday’s Stanley Cup final.

“I was sort of expecting it if they lost,” Fraser said. “It happened in '94. The fans are passionate and then you have a group of idiots who want to go out and incite things like that. That’s what they did. Matched with our loss here, it was a pretty down night overall.”

JOSEPH GLAD TO BE BACK

It’s been two years since Kerry Joseph made his last CFL start.

Make that: Kerry Joseph, 37, made his last CFL start.

“In the world of professional sports, you hear you’re starting to get old when you’re 36, 37. When they throw your name, they throw your age,” said the Edmonton Eskimos backup quarterback, who is slated to start Friday’s pre-season opener in Regina. “But you take a 26-year-old that sits on the couch all day, his body’s going to feel like it’s 45, 46. If you take care of your body, your body will take care of you. I try to not let that affect me. I try to use it a little bit to show that, hey, I still can get it done.”

EXTRA POINTS

Stamps DL Charleston Hughes (neck) and returner/receiver Landan Talley (head) are expected to miss a few days after getting injured Wednesday ... DB Milt Collins (groin) should be able to practice Friday as the team has two sessions at McMahon ... The team released LB Terrance Stringer, DL Ian DeGannes-Shaw and DB Andre Clarke, the latter two of whom are injured and have the option of rehabbing in Calgary. ... Stamps OL Dimitri Tsoumpas (hamstring) should get back in practice this weekend. “He’s closer,” coach John Hufnagel said. “He’s still a little tentative about it. I’m hopeful he can get into practice. Everyone needs to practice. If you don’t practice, you don’t get better.”


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