Extra practice for Stamps pivots

Randy Sportak, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

CALGARY - One day after cutting a quarterback to pare the number down to three, the Stampeders were without No.-2 pivot Drew Tate.

However, GM/head coach John Hufnagel quickly quashed any fears Tate’s absence from Sunday’s practice at McMahon Stadium was anything to fear about.

“He’s sick,” Hufnagel said. “Fortunately, we have two others for practice. Good thing we had only one practice today. Their arms would be a little tired.”

Starting QB Henry Burris and rookie Brad Sinopoli handled the duties. Steve Gachette was released Saturday.

Although receiver Reggie McNeal has quarterback experience at the CFL level, Hufnagel said the converted receiver will remain a pass catcher.

“I would have to declare him as a quarterback or a receiver before the season started, not on a game-by-game situation,” Hufnagel said.

GOTT BACK ON THE SHELF

After a couple of days in the trenches practising, offensive lineman Jon Gott was again watching practice due to concussion symptoms which have affected him for nearly two weeks.

“He’s off the field until things settle down,” Hufnagel said.

Gott, who’s the backup centre, admits it’s becoming frustrating.

“It’s not fun standing there all day. I want to be out there. I just have to help guys out, watch and learn on the sidelines,” said the third-year pro, who missed most of last season due to an ankle injury. “I just have to take it day by day. It’s a head thing, and you can’t mess with the brain.”

Now, Gott has to take a step back, even though he was pushing to show what he could do, especially at centre.

“It’s tough when you’re centre because you’re making all the calls, and it’s all about experience. Missing time doesn’t help me,” he said.

Gott’s absence did allow for a few more reps for newcomer Tony Washington, who now has two practices under his belt.

A SPECIAL DAD’S DAY GIFT

Special teams co-ordinator Mark Kilam had an extra reason to celebrate Father’s Day. His wife, Andrea, gave birth to their second child, daughter Hennessey Kit Kilam, Saturday.

“What a terrific Father’s Day present. Beautiful — I couldn’t ask for any better,” Kilam said on the team’s website.

The newest addition to the family — and younger sister to two-and-a-half year old Jules — arrived weighing 7 lb., 4 oz.

EXTRA POINTS

The Stampeders activated non-import DL Ian DeGannes-Shaw, who was released last week, and released import DL Thomas Majors ... Also sitting out at practice were OL Edwin Harrison (torn pectoral muscle) and R Arjei Franklin (groin).


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