Ticats star takes a knee

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:56 AM ET

The Tabbies will be attacking McMahon Stadium without their big cat.

Star running back Jesse Lumsden will miss tomorrow night's CFL game against the Calgary Stampeders due to a stretched knee ligament suffered in last week's 32-27 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"We are being very precautionary so it doesn't escalate into something," Ticats head coach Charlie Taaffe told the Hamilton Spectator yesterday. "He is sore, and he took a shot. We want to make sure he is not at risk of further injury."

Even with the injury, Lumsden put together a second straight dominant performance for the Ticats (1-2).

In the loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, he rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.

He was named the CFL's top Canadian for the second week in a row. He earned the first honour thanks to a stellar night against the rival Toronto Argonauts in Week 2 -- 189 rushing yards and two TDs.

"He has carried the ball 40 times in the last two games -- he is a little beat up. He took a helmet in the game and was looked at and was obviously able to finish," said Taaffe, who tried to downplay the situation and said Lumsden was "questionable."

According to the Spectator, Lumsden practised yesterday wearing a brace on his right knee and refused all interview requests.

Lumsden leads all CFL rushers with 362 yards and is averaging an impressive 7.5 yards per carry.

With QB Casey Printers yet to throw a touchdown pass this season, Lumsden is crucial to the Tiger-Cats attack that didn't have a single two-and-out last week.

Lumsden has 382 yards from scrimmage in three games, which represents 30% of the club's offensive yardage.

The Ticats will turn to rookie Tre Smith and sophomore Terry Caulley at running back, but because Lumsden is a Canadian, they will be forced to do other roster juggling to make the import ratio.

This will likely mean Canadian Peter Dyakowski will get put at left guard instead of import Marko Cavka.

Last season, Lumsden played just 10 games due to shoulder problems and eventually needed surgery for a torn left labrum.

Joining Lumsden with player of the week honours are B.C. Lions QB Jarious Jackson and linebacker Javier Glatt, along with Edmonton Eskimos kick returner Tristan Jackson.

Jarious Jackson led the Leos to a 42-24 thumping of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, completing 19-of-24 passes for 340 yards, five touchdowns and one interception -- a passer rating of 158.3.

Glatt, who hails from Calgary, recorded six tackles and had two interceptions for the Lions defence.

Tristan Jackson returned four punts for 120 yards for the Esks, highlighted by a 61-yard TD romp. He added an 89-yard interception return in a 47-28 win over the Argos.


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