Price’s practice ailment adds to growing list of Stamps injuries
Hufnagel will have some decisions to make as team gets ready for flight to Montreal
When receiver Maurice Price went down in a heap on the McMahon Stadium turf on Tuesday and rose, gingerly feeling the back of his upper right leg, it added one more name to an ever-lengthening list of casualties in the Calgary Stampeders’ lineup.
“We’ve played two physical games and unfortunately we have a rash of them (injuries) all at once but we’ll fight through,” promised Stamps’ head coach/GM John Hufnagel.
Price was hurt near the end of practice and the team will wait until tomorrow to determine the severity. Also seen wandering about but not participating were defensive lineman Charleston Hughes and receiver Nik Lewis. Offensive lineman Dan Federkeil left practice early, Hufnagel relating that he was ill.
It will be interesting to see who will be in and who will be out in Montreal against the Alouettes on Friday.
“We finished the game (against Saskatchewan) with some guys that were sore and hurt and so I’m not quite sure who’s going to be making the trip yet,” he noted. “When I look at the big picture, I will have to make some decisions since we’re getting on the airplane at 6 o’clock tomorrow evening.”
DB Derrius Brooks has a mid-leg injury, joining mate Jamar Wall on the sidelines.
“He (Brooks) was one of the guys that finished the game hurt and we’ll find out what the situation is tomorrow,” Hufnagel said of Brooks. “(Lewis) is having a maintenance day. He started practice couldn’t finish it. He has a bruise; he tried to make that catch in the end zone. He fell awkwardly on to his shoulder area, collarbone area, so it’s a little sore.”
“I’m doing pretty well. It’s always a work in progress,” smiled Lewis. “We don’t play until Friday, so I’m good.”
BUTLER BACK IN GROOVE
One guy who is happy to be on the returning end of the wounded is defensive back Quincy Butler, who has yet to play a down this 2013 season.
Butler himself has had a seat in sick bay since pre-season but is back at practice with the starters, looking forward to giving it a go in a game situation.
“It feels good to get back into the groove,” he admitted. “We’ve got a pretty good opponent coming up this week. It’s nice to be back in my spot. I’m just here to polish things up a little bit.
“I’m nervous about every game, I could be playing some toddlers and I’ll be nervous. It’s more excitement than anything that takes over.”
The Stamps’ secondary has been bruised and battered, with the latest sitting out being Brooks and Wall while Keon Raymond and Chris Randle are back in.
“We dealt with a lot of injuries last year,” Butler pointed out. “Guys know how to step it up. Every guy in that secondary has started a couple of games so you’re more responsible now. It shows the young guys’ will to win and to learn. Someone may go down, but you have another guy just as good, just as smart, just as athletic, just as coachable that can go out there and make plays. Injuries are a little speed bump along the way.”
And there’s nothing like getting your healthy legs under you against a tough opponent in their barn.
“It’s going to set the bar to where I’m at right now and see what I need to work on,” added the 29-year-old.
As well, it is expected that DL Kevin Huntley, who has been on the practice roster since joining the squad as a free agent after being let go from Toronto, will get the start.
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