Stamps hunt for QB

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:35 AM ET

CALGARY - Drew Tate’s team is on the hunt for a backup quarterback, and that doesn’t make him too happy.

Seeing someone dress in his roster spot might actually hurt worse than the dislocated shoulder he suffered on the turf Friday night at Commonwealth Stadium.

“I don’t like seeing anyone out there when it’s my time in the huddle,” said Tate, who wore a sling while watching teammates go through rundown at McMahon Stadium.

“I don’t want anyone else in that huddle. That’s the way it is. Mentally and physically, I have to find ways to make the best of this. I have to get through this.”

Stamps GM-head coach John Hufnagel is on the hunt for another pivot, with just Henry Burris and Brad Sinopoli on the active roster.

It appears as if he’s landed onetime CFL QB Michael Bishop, according to reports from Rogers Sportsnet, adding the former Toronto Argonauts helmsman is set to arrive in Calgary once he gets passport issues straightened out.

After setting the roster Saturday, Hufnagel put Tate on the one-game injured list.

Cody Pickett’s agent Marc Maren said on Twitter his client was offered the job but turned it down because he has a successful business and a baby at home.

The job is most likely a temporary one anyway.

“I would like to see a quarterback come in who has been in the league before,” Hufnagel said.

“Drew is a tough competitor, and he will get back on the field as soon as possible.”

In 2007, Burris suffered a dislocated shoulder when he landed awkwardly in a game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It happens to be the last time Burris missed even a practice due to injury.

If Burris were to get hurt July 1, the Stamps might be in real trouble as Sinopoli is in the development stage and the new QB will be way behind in terms of game plan.

But when Burris got hurt, he missed two starts before coming back to a playoff race.

“Hank’s a freak. He really is,” Tate said. “There’s a reason he’s playing at the level he is at his age, (36). I don’t know when, but I want to get back and be good again.

“I’ve had an abdominal strain and a broken thumb my senior year of college.

I have an approach with this injury and how to mentally and physically cope with it. In college, I didn’t because I had never been hurt before.

“The most important thing is getting healthy. Everything else is secondary. I need to get good food, good treatment and not be running around doing anything.”

The situation hasn’t really affected Sinopoli. The University of Ottawa product is focused on developing in the third-string role.

The 23-year-old is thrilled to make the team, but now he’s facing the reality that once he suits up in Friday’s season-opener against the Toronto Argonauts, his CIS career is officially over.

Sinopoli has a year left and could have been sent back to Ottawa, but he’s a CFLer now.

“Guys will stick and be on rosters,” Sinopoli added. “This was my goal when I came here, so this is the first step.”


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