Season-ending injuries send Calgary Stampeders scrambling

Blue Bombers kick-returner Will Ford broke off a 100-yard kick-return TD against the Stamps last...

Blue Bombers kick-returner Will Ford broke off a 100-yard kick-return TD against the Stamps last Saturday at McMahon Stadium. Photo by Al Charest/Calgary Sun.

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:41 PM ET

The scoreboard told a story of the Calgary Stampeders winning big in Week 15.

But Mark Kilam's special-teams units lost in a big way during Saturday's 38-11 shellacking of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

First, the Stamps special-teams boss watched one of his best performers, 29-year-old backup linebacker Alvin Bowen, fall to the turf in a heap in the first quarter.

Then, he watched Wilkerson DeSouza follow suit one quarter later.

The news got worse after the game, as both players were diagnosed with torn ACLs, ending their respective seasons.

Now, Kilam will attempt to regroup and plug in new bodies, with the B.C. Lions (9-5) coming to town for a massive West Division showdown on Friday (7 p.m., TSN, News Talk 770).

"You always want your guys to be in the lineup, but that's been the story the whole year," Kilam said. "We've got good players on this team and the guys that we activate will have to fill those holes."


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