CFL notes: Stamps sign two linebackers
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
|Henry Burris is sacked by Joe Henderson at BC Place in Vancouver, B.C., Aug. 7, 2010. (ANDY CLARK/Reuters)
CALGARY - The Calgary Stampeders have signed a player they hope wonít just be an ordinary Joe.
Joe Henderson, who spent the past two CFL seasons with the B.C. Lions, signed with the Stamps Wednesday. The team also announced the signing Georgia product Montez Robinson, who is also a linebacker.
Henderson, a product of Alabama-Birmingham, played 16 games with the Lions in 2010-11, recording 42 defensive tackles and nine special-teams tackles.
He was released by the Grey Cup-champion Lions with three weeks to go in the 2011 regular season.
LIONS LOCK UP BANKS
One of the big parts of the Lionsí championship defence is sticking around a while longer. The Lions announced Wednesday they have inked defensive back Korey Banks to an extension.
Banks is returning for a ninth CFL season, and heís been a big part of the Lions since arriving from the Ottawa Renegades in the 2006 dispersal draft.
BOMBERS SIGN WOODSON
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have bolstered their Canadian content with a pair of signings. The team resigned safety Brady Browne and former University of Calgary Dinos running back Anthony Woodson.
Browne played the past three seasons in Winnipeg after coming over in a trade with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Woodson was a fourth-round draft pick of the Bombers in 2010, but he returned to university to complete his final two seasons of eligibility.
HICKMAN OFF TO NFL
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are going to be dealing with the loss of last seasonís defensive leader. Defensive end Justin Hickman, who will become a CFL free agent next week, will sign with the NFLís Indianapolis Colts, according to the Hamilton Spectator.
Hickman tied for the league lead with 13 sacks this season after getting 14 over the previous two campaigns.
ALS SAY BYE TO ANWAR
The Montreal Alouettes are parting ways with their second-longest serving import player. According to a report by TSN, the team has released veteran defensive end Anwar Stewart.
In his 11-year CFL career, Stewart has amassed 66 sacks and been part of three Grey Cup winners with the Alouettes. He also spent the 2001 season with the Calgary Stampeders, who won the title that year, although Stewart didnít play in the big game. Stewart will turn 36 Thursday.
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