Stampeders coach not committed to Nik Lewis return

Nik Lewis was all smiles Thursday after being cleared to play by doctors. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

Nik Lewis was all smiles Thursday after being cleared to play by doctors. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:28 PM ET

CALGARY - For the first time in almost three months Nik Lewis and John Hufnagel were on the same field Thursday.

They don’t seem to be on the same page, though.

While Lewis was full of excitement that he’d been cleared by doctors to start practicing individually again, the coach seemed surprised he was even being asked if there was any chance his star slotback would start in Sunday’s West final.

“I think everyone is fairly surprised,” said Hufnagel of the remote possibility Lewis could play this year after snapping his left fibula Aug. 17 and undergoing surgery to repair it and torn ankle ligaments.

“Until I hear what the doctor said about it I’m really at a loss to comment any further.”

Asked if there was any way he’d give Lewis the green light to take part in his first team drills Friday — the last full day of practice before the big game against Saskatchewan — Hufnagel shrugged.


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