Wilkins, Reynolds go down

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

The bye week couldn't have come at a better time for the Calgary Stampeders.

With QBs Henry Burris and Jason Gesser already on the shelf, the CFL club was dealt two big blows last night in a 32-11 loss the Montreal Alouettes at McMahon Stadium.

First, return specialist Terrence Wilkins was nailed on a punt return by Jeff Piercy and left the game with a knee injury.

Then starting running back Joffrey Reynolds went down with a knee injury on a run into the red zone in the second quarter.

Wilkins sprained his MCL and will be out four-to-six weeks while the news on Reynolds was a bit better.

The second-year Stamp only sprained his patella tendon and will be out between one and four weeks, meaning it's possible he could be back when Calgary hosts the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 13 days.

Reynolds was on his way to a record night with 133 yards on 10 carries in the first half.

Stamps head coach Tom Higgins shook his head in frustration.

"You always want all your weapons," he said. "We had to alter our offensive play-calling a little bit because we had to put the ball in the air constantly.

"We gave the ball to (Canadian backup running back) Craig Carr a little bit but it was obvious he wasn't Joffrey Reynolds.

"Joffrey made some great runs that could fill up a highlight reel before he left."

Wilkins was the first to go down and, as per the Stamps' luck on this night, he fumbled the ball into defensive lineman Anwar Stewart's hands on the play in which he was injured.

The return game suffered without Wilkins.

Ken-Yon Rambo took over on punt returns and Ben Kelly and MarTay Jenkins teamed up on the kickoffs.


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