Stamps director of medical services Pat Clayton considers it an accomplishment these when he can get through a full practice without accompanying a limping player to the locker-room.
He was just over an hour into Monday’s session when the seemingly inevitable happened: defensive tackle Demonte’ Bolden pulled up lame with what was later described by Stamps coach and GM John Hufnagel as a thigh contusion.
That could throw a wrinkle into the planning for Thursday’s game in Hamilton, though. Bolden was looking like he’d dress for his first game as a Stampeder as Hufnagel and defensive co-ordinator Rick Campbell look to shore things up along the defensive front. If Bolden can’t go, it’s quite possible Dorian Smith, who was signed earlier this week, could see some playing time.
Also notable in Tuesday’s practice was some shifting in the secondary; Jamar Wall was getting most of the first-team reps at the wide-side cornerback position while Fred Bennett was coming in as an extra DB on certain formations.
Offensively, it looks like J’Micheal Deane will indeed get his first start at right tackle, the position he used to play at Michigan State, while Spencer Wilson should get the nod at left guard. Also worth noting: Matt Walter was getting a lot of looks at running back and on special teams and seems a good bet to replace LaMarcus Coker on the game-night roster.
Some good news on the sick bay front: receiver Johnny Forzani was back at practice on Monday after missing the past two days with some kind of chest flu. He’s still feeling the after-effects, but should be good to go for the roadie to Hamilton.