Unselfish act ends streak

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:34 PM ET

CALGARY -- The big news in Cowtown yesterday was the official end of "The Streak."

Calgary Stampeders centre Jamie Crysdale has played in 210 consecutive games since joining the CFL in 1993, but he will watch that string come to an end tonight against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers because of a left knee injury.

The Stamps actually offered Crysdale a roster spot to make just one snap and keep the streak alive, but he declined.

"It was a very unselfish act, one of a consummate pro to give up his streak," Stamps head coach Tom Higgins said.

The spotlight then turned to rookie OL Godfrey Ellis, who will take Crysdale's place tonight despite beginning to play organized football just three years ago.

"We're going to miss Jamie, but we hope we're not going to miss him too much," said Higgins, who feels Ellis is intelligent enough to handle the job.

Bombers DT Doug Brown plans to make Ellis' debut at centre a rough one.

"Hopefully we can do our best to make him uncomfortable," he said.

BETTER THAN SMELLING SALTS: Bombers SB Milt Stegall believes this week's release of fellow receiver Wane McGarity sent a jolt through a few of his teammates.

"I heard some guys talking about it," Stegall said. "It definitely sent a message.

"If it motivates some guys, so be it. We need all the motivation we can get right now."

ALL OVER: Bombers DB Tim Carter, who showed signs of great promise as a rookie in 2003, has left the team.

Carter missed all of last season due to an elbow injury, but he came back this season and looked good in training camp.

It didn't transfer to the field, however, and he was put on the practice roster after just two games.

MAKIN' MOVES: The Bombers have made four roster changes, and three of them involve starters.

DB Justin Coleman, LB Ryland Wickman, LB Lamar McGriggs and WR Chad Rempel are in, while DB Cedric Dickerson (hand), LB Ron Ockimey, DL Martin Lapostolle and SB Wane McGarity (released) are out.

Coleman replaces Dickerson, McGriggs takes over for Ockimey, and Willie Fells moves to a backup spot behind Wickman.

The Stamps, meanwhile, are making six changes, a week after making none for their game against the Lions.

LB Cornelius Anthony, CB Coby Rhinehart, DB Dounia Whitehouse, OL Tyler Lynem, OL Ellis Godfrey and WR Martay Jenkins are in, while S Don McGee, DL Clay Roberson, DB Pascal Masson, OL Jamie Crysdale, OL John Comiskey and WR Ken-Yon Rambo are out.

Ellis is in for Crysdale, Trey Young starts at safety in place of McGee, and Jenkins takes Rambo's starting receiver spot.

HASHMARKS: Tonight's game will feature the CFL's top two running backs. Winnipeg's Charles Roberts leads the league with 487 yards, while Calgary's Joffrey Reynolds is second with 478 yards. Reynolds, however, has a game in hand ... Winnipeg's Jamie Stoddard started at slotback in the final seven regular-season games of 2004 and had 17 catches for 312 yards and two touchdowns ... The Bombers are 0-4 against the West Division this season.


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