Stamps notes: Stewart wants to keep playing
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
|Calgary's Anwar Stewart does some dummy drills during Stampeders practice at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Nov. 22, 2012. (MICHAEL PEAKE, QMI Agency)
TORONTO - This is Anwar Stewart's ninth Grey Cup week, but if he has his choice, it won't be his last chance at winning the title.
The 36-year-old parachuted into the Calgary Stampeders lineup with about a month left in the regular season and quickly became a starter.
This isn't a retirement party though, unless Stewart doesn't get an offer to stick around next year.
"I'm not doing that again," Stewart said about coming out west late. "They have to sign me early. I will sign in the off-season. I would love to keep playing. I feel really good. I bring a lot to a team.
"We haven't done anything but got better. We're on a six-game winning streak. We went from the bottom to the top in sacks and everything else. We're playing really well. It's a great group of guys. I'm enjoying everything."
Stewart finished with four sacks and has been a steadying force with the Stampeders defence. He has four Grey Cup rings (three with the Montreal Alouettes), but only played in seven previous games. He got a ring in 2001 when he was on the Stampeders practice roster.
SIMPSON GOOD TO GO
There won't be any last-second decision on Stampeders middle linebacker Juwan Simpson and his ankle injury.
The defensive captain skipped Sunday's West final against the B.C. Lions, but he went through the full practice session Thursday and felt fine.
Asked how Simpson looked, Stamps head coach John Hufnagel dropped a joke.
"He looks pretty good," Hufnagel said. "He just shaved his head this morning. He trimmed his goatee.
"He's running around very well. He looks like he will make the game."
CORNISH EXPECTS YARDAGE
In two previous meetings with the Toronto Argonauts, Jon Cornish was held in check rushing the ball. He had seven carries for 36 yards in Week 2, and then 43 yards on 12 carries in Week 8.
"I would think there is a significant chance it would be better than 50 yards," Cornish said. "We've improved as a team. We've really evolved and our gameplan has evolved as well. If it's less than 50, I would be really disappointed in that."
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