Stamps rookie picks up unusual knee injury
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
CALGARY - Demetrice Morley made a great first impression.
The Calgary Stampeders could be waiting a long time for his second one.
The rookie safety was one of the few bright spots in last week’s pre-season loss to the B.C. Lions, as he picked off two passes and had his hands on a third one.
But a couple of days later he was hobbled by a knee injury that is now becoming serious.
“Being the optimistic person I am, probably not (ready for July 1),” Hufnagel said when asked if he could start the regular season.
“He has a little tear in the tendon behind his leg.
“It needs some time to heal. It’s an unusual injury, I’m told.
“I’m not quite sure the timeframe we’re speaking about.”
The Stamps looked like they were all set at safety after Morley’s great debut, but it’s not like they are without depth.
Milt Collins, who has worked as a cornerback the past couple weeks, should see time at safety in Friday’s pre-season finale in Edmonton.
Canadian Eric Fraser is also pushing for the starting role. The sophomore had an interception and a couple of big hits in the loss to the Lions.
Although receiver Arjei Franklin pronounced himself healthy and took part in portions of practice Wednesday, he won’t make the trip to Edmonton … OL Dimitri Tsoumpas (hamstring), C Jon Gott (concussion) and R Jabari Arthur have been ruled out of Friday’s game … The Stamps released FB Jared Manchulenko, RB Rafael Little, DB Raymond Brown and R Dudley Guice … If K Rob Maver (leg soreness) isn’t ready to play Friday, Colts junior kicker Andrew Fabian will get the call.