Stamps snuffed out

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

CALGARY - They are TNT ... dynamite.

Now the ticking time bomb is getting defused, thanks the constraints of the CFLs import ratio.

Landan Talley will sit out the Calgary Stampeders visit Thursday to Winnipeg, despite piling up 205 combined yards Friday night in the 34-32 win over the

B.C. Lions.

With Ken-Yon Rambo coming back from a hamstring injury, the Stamps just dont have the capability to dress both Talley and fellow import returner/receiver Larry Taylor.

Keeping him in the lineup is impossible, said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel.

I like Landan as a football player. I like what he did for us last year. As you see, hes done the same thing this year. He does a good job when he has the ball in the return game. Hes also a skilled receiver.

The Lions picked their poison Friday with both Taylor and Talley back receiving kickoffs.

Obviously scared of Taylor the 2009 CFL special teams player of the year the Lions opted for Talley.

The sophomore took the kickoff to start the second half and darted through traffic for a 38-yard gain, putting the ball at midfield.

The Stamps scored a major four plays later.

He also had a 41-yard return in the fourth quarter to give his offence good field position. He finished with

150 yards on five returns.

To his credit, Talley is taking the situation in stride and isnt sulking about taking a seat.

I take this is a learning process, Talley said.

There is stuff Im getting to know and understand. That opportunity to get on the field was just enjoyable.

Talley also had 55 yards on four receptions against the Lions, including a 16-yard touchdown from Henry Burris, for a great first outing of 2011.

The good news for the Stamps is Rambo will certainly be an upgrade on offence, but the dynamic duo on returns will be lost.

CFL teams only dress 19 imports on the active roster, and the Stamps need flexibility elsewhere. They also have two import starters on the offensive line, further constraining things.

For years, the team has been searching for a play-making returner, and they certainly knew what they were getting in signing the free-agent Taylor.

Talley played three games at the end of 2010 and showed some flashes, but clearly his ceiling isnt yet reached.

Coincidentally, it was in Winnipeg where he had a breakout game, as his 47-yard kickoff return set up the winning points in the season-finale.

Certainly the Stamps cant afford to have Taylor on the bench. It was his 48-yard punt return against the Lions that kickstarted the offence.

In the season opener, Taylor totalled 216 combined yards, which was the most by any Stampeders player since 2006.

The former Montreal Alouettes star looks to be back to his form of 2009.

Im striving to do better things than 2009, Taylor said. This is a new ball club, new organization and new teammates. Im in a new mindset. Im just trying to play my part and do it at the best ability that I can.

Im excited about the start to this season ... Weve been doing very well on special teams. Were trying to kick it up a notch. I have high expectations for our unit.

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