Stamps call in practice 'recruits'

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:58 AM ET

MONCTON, N.B. - John Hufnagel took a turn as Markeith Knowlton.

Pete Constanza and Dave Dickenson ran through the motions as Hamilton Tiger-Cats receivers.

With a limited number of players in Moncton for Touchdown Atlantic, it was all hands on deck taking part in the first Calgary Stampeders practice.

“I don’t know who the best would be, but I know who the worst is,” said Hufnagel. “Not even close — it’s Costanza.”

At one point, Costanza got his hands on a pass, but he was taken down by linebacker Brandon Isaac, who is showing no ill effects after missing a game with a groin injury.

During a normal practice at home, the practice roster players would be filling out those positions on the ‘scout team.’

There are several players present in the Maritimes who won’t be dressing in Sunday’s game against the Ticats, just not enough of them.

“Because we couldn’t bring the full team out, the practice was adjusted,” Hufnagel said.

“We had to limit the reps the starters had to do in practice so they will have fresh legs on game day.”

TALLEY LOOKIN' LIKE RETURNER

There is a competition to replace injured returner Larry Taylor (ribs) going on, but it appears Landan Talley is in the lead.

Talley took the majority of reps at the returner spot in Thursday’s practice, while LaMarcus Coker didn’t take any on punts.

Both players took their share of turns with the offence. If Talley does get activated, his salary would need to be put back on the salary cap as he’s spent the past five games on the nine-game injured list.

EXTRA POINTS

DL Charleston Hughes (arm) and R Jabari Arthur (leg contusion) went through the practice paces and should be available for Sunday. Hughes is a lock to get activated if ready, but there is a chance Arthur could rest another week either way … Stampeders president Lyle Bauer rolled into practice at Rocky Stone Field on a Harley Davidson lent to him by a friend.


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