CALGARY - Calgary Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel had been chatting with reporters for a couple of minutes after Tuesday’s practice when he served up a question of his own.
“Anything else?” Hufnagel asked. “Besides the injury questions?”
It seems the walking wounded have been the biggest storyline at McMahon Stadium since last week’s CFL season-opening loss to the Toronto Argonauts. The biggest concern after Tuesday’s workout was the health of Canadian defensive lineman and special-teamer Justin Phillips, who jogged off the field and returned to watch the remainder of the session in a baseball cap.
“He stubbed his toe, so he took the rest of the practice off,” Hufnagel said. “He should be fine.”
Phillips is one of the lucky ones. Hufnagel also provided an update on kicker Rob Maver, who has a second-degree tear in his quadriceps muscle in his kicking leg and will be sidelined for at least four weeks.
Next up was the status of linebacker Malik Jackson (concussion), who participated in some drills and will likely be handed a plane ticket for Friday’s road clash vs. the B.C. Lions if he goes symptom-free during Wednesday’s workout.
Then came the questions about receivers Ken-Yon Rambo and Jabari Arthur, who both watched Tuesday’s practice due to hamstring issues. Rambo has insisted he’ll be ready for the game, but Arthur might need extra time to heal.
And nobody even bothered to ask Hufnagel about right guard Dimitri Tsoumpas, but it’s looking like a hamstring pull will keep the all-star offensive lineman on the sidelines for a second consecutive game.
Returner/receiver Deon Murphy, who spent two campaigns with the Stamps but was a training camp casualty this year, posted on his Twitter account he’s joining the Saskatchewan Roughriders.