Adam wants to get even

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

It takes about three seconds for Adam Braidwood to get mad.

Bring up the topic of Calgary Stampeder quarterback Henry Burris beating the Edmonton Eskimos - again - and Braidwood shows his frustration.

But that shouldn't be a surprise. Burris practically owns the Green and Gold.

Entering tomorrow's Labour Day rematch between Edmonton and Calgary at Commonwealth Stadium, Burris is 6-3 against the Esks going back to 2005.

During that stretch, he has 15 touchdowns and six games of at least 300 yards passing.

"I am pretty pissed off about it," said Braidwood of Burris beating the Esks.

"Especially with this rivalry game. Fans are starting to get sick of it. We are definitely sick of it.

"I am tired of losing, for sure.

"We've got to beat our rivals. Right now, Burris has been killing us. I think we have to step up."

Possessing a wicked combination of a strong arm and heads-up running, Burris torched the Edmonton secondary on Monday for four touchdowns during Calgary's 35-24 win at McMahon Stadium.

"In football, you all make mistakes but it is just one guy makes a mistake at the wrong time and the next guy makes a mistake at the wrong time," continued Braidwood on why Burris is lighting up the Edmonton defence.

"We are all making mistakes at the worst possible times and they are capitalizing on it."

SHORT YARDAGE: Tyler Ebell participated in parts of yesterday's Eskimo practice, but didn't finish.

With ice wrapped on his injured shoulder, the running back watched the end of the session in a grey T-shirt.

Ebell reaggravated an old shoulder injury on Monday but has spent this week believing he will play tomorrow.

QUICK HIT: In the good news department for Edmonton, defensive backs Omarr Morgan and Stanford Samuels practised yesterday.

It appears Morgan has recovered enough from a hamstring injury to play this week.

Samuels is battling a turf toe and bone bruise on the same foot.

He appeared to be doubtful early yesterday but that changed by the time practice ended.

"He was probably upgraded from doubtful to questionable," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia after practice.

Morgan and Samuels both missed Monday's game.

BACKING THE TROOPS: In the face of growing criticism, Maciocia put his spin on his club yesterday.

"Not too many teams can go through what we have been through and be in football games," said Maciocia, referring to the massive number of injuries through the first nine games. "That is exactly how I feel. I think the coaches are working really hard.

"I think our players are working really hard. I think our leaders are saying all the right things. Like I told the guys (Tuesday), we just have to stop feeling sorry for one another and just line up and play hard."

FINISH LINES: Receiver Jason Tucker practised yesterday, making him probable for tomorrow's game.


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