CALGARY - Jabari Arthur took care of some important business over the bye week — not just relaxing on his mom’s couch.
Armed with the football he caught to score his first CFL TD, the Calgary Stampeders receiver delivered an overdue souvenir for mom Genise.
After four years in the CFL, the Montreal native has been healthy enough this season to realize his first-round draft pick potential.
In Saskatchewan Aug. 12, he had a breakout game, catching seven passes for 92 yards and a touchdown that he dedicated to his late father Hollis.
“She was emotional,” said Arthur. “She put it on the mantle right next to my father’s picture. It’s in a nice place.
“I knew when I had my first touchdown that I would give it to her. It’s one of the momentos that I will look back upon when I’m retired and it will be something very precious for me.”
The Stampeders haven’t played against someone else in two weeks and the seem to have the itch to fight.
During the offensive team session in Wednesday’s practice, punches started flying and it was the usually calm and controlled right guard Dimitri Tsoumpas in the middle of it.
Tsoumpas and defensive tackle Torrey Davis went to blows on the ground and Davis was sent to the locker-room to cool off. Head coach John Hufnagel feigned ignorance about the dustup.
“There was a scuffle? It doesn’t concern me at all,” Hufnagel said.
Alouettes make changes
The Alouettes have a new return specialist this week. Recently signed Perry Floyd will take over from Tim Maypray. The Als do get defensive tackle P.P. Bekasiak (ribs) back from injury, although LB Diamond Ferri and DE Jermaine McElveen won’t make the trip.