A break for the aches
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
|Calgary Stampeders Juwan Simpson takes down Saskatchewan Roughriders Chris Getzlaf. (MIKE DREW/QMI AGENCY)
After a physical contest in Regina, the Calgary Stampeders are going to enjoy a few days off.
Some of them could use the extra time away from the practice field.
Middle linebacker Juwan Simpson was walking around in a boot Sunday afternoon as the Stamps stretched out the aches and pains after a 17-10 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders nearly 24 hours earlier.
While Simpson (ankle) hopes to be able to practise when the team hits the field Wednesday to prepare for Monday’s Labour Day Classic with Edmonton, defensive end Chris McCoy might not be available.
McCoy twisted his knee on a play where he ripped the helmet off of Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant, and he will head for an MRI to reveal the extent of the damage.
“This is a rough game we play,” said Simpson.
“This is just a fashion statement. I’m trying to get a modelling contract with the boot company. They really need some good people to model this boot.
“I was hoping somebody out here was taking pictures. I will be ready for the game. I’m not concerned.”
Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said defensive back Brandon Smith (shoulder) is doubtful for next Monday’s game, but he expects fellow halfback Quincy Butler (bruised knee) to be available.
There is also a chance left tackle Edwin Harrison could hit the field after missing two games with a knee injury.
Vets keep pressure on
A week ago, the leaders on the Stampeders defence had to gather the group for a meeting in the aftermath of a loss to the Toronto Argonauts.
There isn’t another speech planned by Keon Raymond or Juwan Simpson this week, but that doesn’t mean the Stamps veterans are going to ease up.
The Stampeders defence did a solid job on the Roughriders Saturday, holding their opponents to just 328 yards net offence and creating two key turnovers. The Riders were never within scoring distance until five minutes were left.
“The film speaks for itself,” Raymond said. “We have to keep talking to them and make sure the guys are staying on the ball and doing their job. We don’t want to get caught up and complacent thinking this is OK. We want to keep it going.”
The Stamps are the only team employing an all-Canadian backfield on offence, and everyone is contributing.
One of the most important plays made Saturday was by fullback Rob Cote.
With 3:49 left and the Stamps at their own 27-yard line heading into the wind, Kevin Glenn swung the ball out to Cote and the Cochrane product rumbled for 22 yards.
“He plays the position where he doesn’t touch the ball very often, but he usually makes it count,” Stamps head coach John Hufnagel said. “It was a huge play in the game. It was a great call by Dave (Dickenson, the offensive co-ordinator).
“It was well-executed. What I really enjoyed was the smart play by Rob by staying in bounds.”
Forzani edges Romby
Two of the fastest players in the CFL duked it out following rundown Sunday.
There has long been a debate about who is the fastest Stampeders receiver, so maybe now we can declare that to be Johnny Forzani.
Forzani edged Romby Bryant in about a 60-yard dash that drew a huge crowd of players. Although Forzani won, it wasn’t by a huge margin and both players were flying.