Coach Crysdale

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

For a man with a sore knee, Jamie Crysdale put on plenty of miles last night.

Although he briefly tried to take a seat at the Stampeders bench, the competitor in him would have none of that.

So despite his ailing left hinge, scoped just five days ago forcing the veteran centre from the Stampeders lineup for the first time in 210 regular season games, Crysdale was on the move.

Up and down the sidelines he marched, one eye on rookie backup Godfrey Ellis, who appeared capable in his first-ever appearance snapping the ball.

Crysdale piled up so many yards through the first half he wound up icing the wonky joint through most of the final 30 minutes.

"I didn't know what to expect and the start of the game was a little bit tough but overall it was OK," said Crysdale, 36, who has temporarily traded in his shoulder pads and No. 67 jersey for shorts and a Stamps polo shirt for the first time since 1993.

"I probably got it into my head the time had come to miss one and I don't think it was that bad."

The Mississauga native offered some advice to Ellis while chumming with his o-line pals when the defence took the field.

"I tried to help the o-line out with any questions they had with some of the fronts they were playing and things like that, so I tried to help out as much as I could," said Crysdale, who expects to be out of the lineup 10-to-14 days.

When not helping o-line coach Steve Buratto, the 13-year Stampeder was working his cell phone or waving to friends in the McMahon Stadium stands.

Ellis, a Stampeders draft pick back in April, went unnoticed most of the night, save for a bobbled snap to QB Henry Burris.

"It's definitely a good thing to go unnoticed, especially as an o-lineman because we're not aiming to be noticed on the field," said Ellis, 23.

"If you're going unnoticed that means you're not doing too much wrong. I'll take full responsibility for that one bad snap in my first game.

"I just didn't get it up to him as quick as I should have, so that one's all on me."

Ellis's performance was a relief for Stamps coaches who expect he will likely be back at centre Friday when the Stamps host B.C.


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