Stampeders prepare for life without Nik Lewis this week

The Stampeders won't have receiver Nik Lewis for their game against the Argonauts this weekend. (Al...

The Stampeders won't have receiver Nik Lewis for their game against the Argonauts this weekend. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:07 PM ET

CALGARY - When John Hufnagel went to bed Wednesday night, he knew there was a Jon Cornish contingency plan in place.

The Calgary Stampeders GM/head coach didn’t have that luxury with Nik Lewis.

The Stamps had the benefit of the work week to put together a backfield gameplan to replace Cornish, who hasn’t practised all week and has experienced headaches since being knocked out cold by Montreal Alouettes linebacker Kyries Hebert on June 28, but Lewis’ late exit from Wednesday’s practice session at McMahon Stadium wasn’t expected at all.

Lewis took a shot to the head and was forced to join Cornish in concussion-protocol purgatory, leaving the Stamps without two offensive stalwarts heading into Saturday’s Week 3 tilt with the Toronto Argonauts at Rogers Centre (4:30 p.m., TSN, News Talk 770).

“I went down to catch a pass and took a knee to the side of the head and it kind of made me woozy for a little bit and I got a little dizzy,” said Lewis, who strode out onto the McMahon Stadium turf in his trademark sunglasses late Thursday morning, prior to the Stamps catching a flight to Toronto late in the afternoon.


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