HAMILTON — The Calgary Stampeders’ philosophy is at all times ‘subsequent man up’ when accidents occur, however that is getting ridiculous.
Already beginning Saturday’s recreation with out Eric Rogers and Kamar Jorden, the Stamps have been dealt one other merciless blow in opposition to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats when DaVaris Daniels got here down with an obvious shoulder harm.
That’s the Stamps’ three high receivers, and it nearly bought even worse when Marken Michel was compelled to the sideline after taking a success to the again of the pinnacle.
Michel returned, so not less than one of many 4 Individuals who have been thought of starters at first of the season continues to be accessible.
The Stamps are shorthanded, although, and whereas head coach Dave Dickenson didn’t have a post-game replace on Daniels’ well being, he didn’t sound optimistic.
“I don’t have an replace, nevertheless it doesn’t look nice,” Dickenson stated. “He wouldn’t have come out (if it hadn’t been severe). It’s clearly a shoulder harm, it doesn’t look promising. We’ll have to guage him once we get house, however another person, in all probability, must be stepping up.”
On Saturday, the Stamps had just a few guys step up.
For the second week in a row, Reggie Begelton had an enormous recreation, and he caught 5 balls for 150 yards and a landing in opposition to the Ticats.
Juwan Brescacin had a breakout recreation, too. The Mississauga, Ont., native had a number of household within the stands at Tim Hortons Subject, and handled them to a five-catch, 109-yard efficiency.
Whereas the accidents to the Stamps’ big-name, star receivers could pressure administration to go taking a look at signing some new choices, that wasn’t the place Dickenson’s head was at post-game.
“We’ll see, I believed the Canadian guys balled-out,” Dickenson stated. “I believed Bresc had a fantastic recreation. Generally you get into this entire American-Canadian (factor), pondering the American needs to be higher, however let’s simply play one of the best man, and proper now I’ve bought to offer credit score to Bresc, having a fantastic recreation. He was sore, he was blocking his butt off.
“We’ll simply play one of the best guys and if we want reinforcements, we’ll go get them.”
Across the locker-room, it didn’t appear that anybody was pushing the panic button in regards to the receiver accidents.
Whereas Jorden is out for the season, Rogers was again at apply this week and will return when the Stamps get again from their bye week and begin making ready for his or her Sept. 28 house recreation in opposition to the Toronto Argonauts. The analysis on Daniels could possibly be higher than anticipated, too.
However for now, the Stamps imagine of their depth, and the fellows who’re being requested to step up haven’t disenchanted up to now.
“It’s simply wonderful to look at these guys proceed to play, all 12 months,” stated Stamps QB Bo Levi Mitchell. “After we talked in coaching camp about having one of the best receiver crew, it wasn’t simply the top-5, it was the truth that we had starter-starter-starter simply sitting on the bench.
“Reggie was placing the work in on scout workforce for 5 weeks, simply ready his flip.”
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When Ticats DB Don Unamba hit Michel early within the third-quarter of Saturday’s recreation, the Stampeders coaches appeared enraged on the sideline.
There was particular contact to the pinnacle, in spite of everything.
After the sport, although, Dickenson wasn’t as upset in regards to the hit as many may need been anticipating.
“I truthfully thought it was extra of a sort out, (Michel) was extra of a runner,” Dickenson stated. “After I noticed it, I believed it was fairly violent, however watching it on the board, it was an arm to the pinnacle, however then once more, you’ve bought to let these defensive guys sort out. For Marken to have the ability to come again reveals a number of battle and fortitude.”
Whereas the hit on Michel may not have been as dangerous as some folks thought, Unamba ought to in all probability expect a fantastic from the CFL for a transparent headbutt within the dying minutes of the sport.
After Romar Morris had scored to place the sport out of attain, Unamba approached William Langlais and clearly drove his helmet into the Stampeders participant’s head.
Whereas the Stampeders didn’t have any official phrase on the standing of Daniels or any of the opposite gamers who took knocks in Saturday’s recreation, they undoubtedly took a beating in opposition to the Ticats.
They have been with out defensive sort out Micah Johnson, who was made inactive proper earlier than kickoff, and Brandon Smith additionally needed to depart the sport at one level.
Returner Terry Williams can be beat-up, and all of it provides as much as a state of affairs the place the Stamps are fairly grateful to be coming into a bye-week.
“I don’t understand how we’re going to play out after this,” Dickenson stated. “We’ve bought the bye, it’s developing at a really good time. I may need to short-up practices a bit bit so we will strive to verify our guys are as contemporary as attainable. This took lots out of us. It was a brilliant sizzling recreation.”