Hurt linebacker to sit Monday's tilt

Juwan Simpson. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency)

Juwan Simpson. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency)

Ian Busby, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

These are the games football players live for: Big rivalry, capacity crowd, sunny day.

So Juwan Simpson being unlikely to take part as the Calgary Stampeders face the Edmonton Eskimos burns him as much as the knee injury that is keeping him out of action.

“It sucks. I can’t deny that,” said the Stampeders middle linebacker. “This is part of football. I wish I was out there.”

This isn’t a situation to which the Stamps are unfamiliar. Simpson missed three games before returning to face the Montreal Alouettes last week.

But Thursday, he suffered a setback with the knee, and it swelled up.

“It’s not anywhere near as bad as it was the first time,” Simpson said.

“I’m just not able to go out there and help my team. That’s why I sat out the practices. It won’t do me any good to be out there to re-injure it more.”

Without Simpson, the Stamps will go back to Robert McCune at middle linebacker. They do lose a big voice in the defence, though, without the four-year veteran in action.

“Between DeVone (Claybrooks) and myself, we do enough talking on the field to make up for it,” said Stamps defensive end Charleston Hughes.

“Juwan is one of those fire-you-up type of guys. McCune is one those guys, too. He brings a lot of energy to the game, just as much as Juwan.”

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca

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