TORONTO — The CFL trade deadline came and went without the Calgary Stampeders making a move with Joffrey Reynolds.
There was a good reason. Prophetic, perhaps.
In the aftermath of Friday night’s 31-29 loss to the Toronto Argonauts, Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said the team has a rash of injuries, including some problems with running backs.
Although Jon Cornish said his leg injury isn’t serious, LaMarcus Coker needed to be helped around the locker-room with a heavy amount of ice around his shin.
Coker drew some boos in the fourth quarter from the Rogers Centre crowd when he fell to the turf coming off the field. He certainly wasn’t faking, as he was limping off anyway.
If Coker can’t play, Reynolds will get activated after being sat the past four games as Cornish has started.
There should be no reason to think Cornish doesn’t keep that starting role if healthy. He had 128 yards on 12 carries, including a career-best 58-yarder, while also getting another 31 yards on two receptions.
But having a guy like Reynolds — someone who never gets hurt — in the bullpen certainly helps.
Not sure how this happened, but Argos QB Steven Jyles threw four interceptions and had another called back due to penalty but managed to pick up a win … Argos DB Byron Parker has been desperately trying to tie the all-time interceptions for touchdown mark, which explained his effort after picking off Henry Burris at the Stamps’ 32-yard line. Parker fought through tacklers and dove into the endzone for his eighth career pick-six, tying him with Jason Goss, Malcolm Frank and Dick Thornton for most all-time … Our thoughts and well-wishes go out to Stampeders rookie J’Micheal Deane. It was one of the worst injuries you will ever witness on the football field, and the look on Stamps QB Drew Tate’s face told the story. Deane was rolled up on during a Tate rushing attempt, and his lower right leg went sideways. Deane, who spent his high school years in Toronto with his mother, was making his first trip to Hogtown and was on the field as a tight end. He’s had a solid year getting shuffled between offensive and defensive line. Afterwards, Deane sent out this message on Twitter: “Looked worse than it felt.”
For the first time this season, the Argos inserted RB Chad Kackert into the lineup while also keeping RB Cory Boyd on the roster. It seemed like a move that might upset Boyd, who has whined after the past two games he’s not getting enough touches. But when Kackert ripped off a 25-yard gain on his first carry, the first person there to congratulate him was Boyd … How can Boyd complain after this game? He finished with 18 carries and three receptions for a total of 175 yards from scrimmage … Bret Hart forgot his Calgary roots Friday night. Wearing a No. 11 Argonauts jersey, the Hitman did the ceremonial kickoff and put the sideline host in the sharpshooter for a jumbotron feature … The attendance of 18,720 fans at the Rogers Centre is one of the lowest in recent memory, but give the Argos credit for honesty in reporting it. You can’t really blame people for staying away because this team was already eliminated from the playoffs.
Stampeders FB Lyle Green dressed in place of FB Tim St. Pierre and made an impact on special teams. Green managed to get his hands on an Argos K Noel Prefontaine punt in the first half, partially blocking it and giving the Stampeders great field position … In the game-day program handed out at the game, Prefontaine is listed as an offensive tackle. We know he’s tough, but that’s a stretch … When Argonauts RB Cory Boyd scored a first-half touchdown, the star back showed off a great arm, tossing it to a fan in the second level … This is sometimes an outdoor stadium, but it’s disturbing to have the roof closed and birds flying around just a few feet over the heads of the players … Just how disorganized were the Stampeders in the first half? Head coach John Hufnagel needed to run 20 yards to call a timeout with 12 seconds left in the half because the team had just 11 defenders on the field. The Argonauts still managed to punch the ball in for a TD to delight the home crowd.