Extra day of rest an advantage for Stampeders

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:04 AM ET

CALGARY - After every Calgary Stampeders victory, Sympathy For The Devil blasts in the locker-room.

Perhaps they should change that to a different Rolling Stones tune this year. How about Time Is On My Side?

Through 11 games this season, the Stamps have a distinct advantage when they are more rested than their opponents.

In the eight games where they had an equal number or more days of preparation than the team they face, the Stamps have a 7-1 record.

When they are on a short week and their opponent gets the advantage, the Stamps are 0-3.

The good news for their upcoming game is the team will be rested two days longer than the Saskatchewan Roughriders when they kickoff next Sunday in Regina.

“It doesn’t help as much in preparation,” Stamps GM-head coach John Hufnagel said. “It just gives the players another day to heal up.

“We had so many games in close stages early on, so it’s nice to have an extra breath. We’re trying to take full advantage of it and get the players rested.”

With a weekend off before getting two more days of light work — Monday and Tuesday — before the regular practice week begins, the Stamps hope to get a couple of injured players back.

Defensive back Brandon Smith (shoulder) has missed five games but could get back in action for a third and final meeting with the Riders.

Likewise for defensive end Kenny Pettway, who tried to battle through a leg injury but had to be scratched for Friday’s 44-3 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

After last week’s influx of talent that brought four players on board, Hufnagel said there won’t be the same airlift this week.

“We have enough men here,” Hufnagel said. “I don’t plan on bringing anyone else in until the practice roster expands on Oct. 3.

“I’m hoping to get some guys back. We will have a better handle on it (Tuesday), even though it’s just a walkthrough practice. We will give them another day to start the process of putting the roster together and see who will be healthy.”

While the Stamps have a lengthy break between Friday’s win over the Bombers and Sunday’s visit to Regina, they are right back to a short week following that game.

They only get four days off before facing the Eskimos for a third time. It doesn’t bother Hufnagel that much, as long his team doesn’t suffer too many bumps and bruises.

Because the Riders played Sunday in Montreal, Hufnagel and his coaching staff couldn’t complete their evaluations of them until Monday.

“I would prefer they played the day before (we play),” Hufnagel said. “I don’t care how much time they have. We had to come in this morning and dissect that game.

“If that game was done the day before, it would be done before we were putting the gameplan together.

“As far as strategy, it’s probably a bit more of a pain than anything else. The extra time just allows the players to heal up.”

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