Hurry up 'n' heal, Henry

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

Danny Wimprine started the night playing from behind.

About 40,000 passing yards, in fact, shy of Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo's all-time CFL career passing mark.

That stark statistic reveals all you need to know about the Alouettes' 32-11 win over the Calgary Stampeders last night at McMahon Stadium.

Only a perfect game from everyone wearing Stamps jerseys, including Wimprine, could have turned this one into a Calgary win.

Now it's clear the 7-7 Stampeders need to fast-track No. 1 pivot Henry Burris back for the next start, an Oct. 14 visit by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Burris, his left hand in a cast since tearing ligaments Sept. 9 in Edmonton, isn't scheduled to have the heavy club cut off for another three weeks but he'll need to play despite the damaged digit on his non-throwing hand.

"I hope to," said Burris, who dressed as an emergency third-stringer and will see a specialist tomorrow for a progress report.

"You don't want to come back too early to sacrifice one game for the rest of the season ... I've got two weeks now until we play Hamilton, so each and every day it feels more comfortable. It's getting stronger."

Give the 24-year-old Wimprine 'A' for effort in his first pro start but the University of Memphis product -- No. 3 on the depth chart behind Burris and Jason Gesser just three weeks ago -- didn't take a bite out of Calvillo's career passing edge with just 35 first-half passing yards compared to Calvillo's 142.

Wimprine said he was pressing too much.

"I didn't do well," said Wimprine, who fumbled the ball at his own 30 on just the second snap of the game.

"After having such a rough start and a bad night, I'm pretty sure I second-guessed a few things. I was trying to get things going and couldn't really get any momentum and it was kind of a snowball effect. It didn't really go very well."

Wimprine's two first-half interceptions and a couple of drops by Ken-Yon Rambo and MarTay Jenkins compounded the pivot's problems, although Nik Lewis hauled in a nine-yard TD in the early going.

The Alouettes pass rush also applied consistent pressure while the Montreal secondary provided solid coverage, Stamps head coach Tom Higgins conceded.

"We would have liked for him to come out and to have executed at a higher level," Higgins said.

He added it's "too early to say," whether Burris will return for the next start.

Wimprine gave way to backup Josh Harris midway through the fourth quarter after completing just seven of 20 passes for

92 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

Harris, who arrived in camp just two weeks ago, completed five of nine passes for 43 yards while also scrambling for another 38 yards on two carries.

Despite the efforts of the young fill-in QBs, Stampeders fans have to be hoping they see neither again this season, opting instead for Burris's return.

And fast.


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