STAMPS NOTES: Romar Morris leaves game with injury
WINNIPEG – Romar Morris walked to the locker room.
He didn’t need help and was able to put weight on both his legs.
That might not mean anything, but it was certainly an encouraging sight.
While the Calgary Stampeders couldn’t confirm the specifics of the injury he suffered in the first half of Thursday’s game against the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg, Morris was ruled out of the remainder of the matchup shortly after he left the field.
It’s best not to speculate on injuries, especially because Morris was in his second game back after spending eight and a half months recovering from an Achilles tendon tear in last year’s West Division Final.
His recovery had been a source of amazement among his teammates, who had marvelled in recent weeks at the way he’d committed fully to his rehabilitation process.
After Morris took a hit near midfield, he immediately signalled to the sideline and began making his way on one-leg – his left appeared hurt – towards the Stamps bench, before dropping momentarily to the ground and waiting for the help of two teammates.
A minute or two later, Morris walked to the locker-room and did not return.
While the Stampeders were playing in Winnipeg, two of their former teammates were playing NFL pre-season games for the Philadelphia Eagles. Alex Singleton and Marken Michel were both playing for the Eagles against the Tennessee Titans, and while it was a bit hard to know how they did throughout the entire game, Michel did score a huge 75-yard touchdown. As much as the Stamps would surely love to have both guys on their roster later this year, there won’t be a single player or coach around McMahon Stadium who isn’t thrilled to see Michel succeeding … Andres Salgado has mostly been used on special teams this year, but the Mexican isn’t afraid to mix it up a little. When a couple Bombers piled on top of Terry Williams on a punt return in the first quarter, Salgado got right in there and started pulling guys off with an almost reckless abandon … Robertson Daniel’s second quarter fumble recovery was yet another example of the young man’s ability to get his hands on the football. He already has three interceptions in his rookie season, and was able to secure the bouncing ball after several of his other teammates hadn’t quite managed to do so … The Stampeders were a lot better getting in the end zone against the Bombers than they had been in recent weeks. Nick Arbuckle ran the ball in twice in the first half and had Richard Sindani completely open in the end zone in the second quarter, only to have the ball deflect off the upright. He did throw an interception on an attempt to get the ball to Eric Rogers, though … Reggie Begelton is quietly having himself quite the season. He has already past his career high in receiving yards – he had 488 receiving yards last year – and was sitting just outside the CFL’s top-5 midway through Thursday’s game.
There’s no “good news” associated with Morris’ injury, but the Stampeders should be getting some relief at running back shortly. Don Jackson has finished up his stint on the six-game injured list and was back at practice this week, and Ka’Deem Carey was only placed on the one-game injured list after getting hurt in the Stamps’ game against the Ottawa Redblacks two weeks ago. It’s not clear that either guy will be available in time for the Stampeders’ next game, but they’ve got nine days between Thursday’s tilt in Winnipeg and their home game against the Montreal Alouettes on Aug. 17 … Michel wasn’t the only former Stampeder to have a big game south of the border on Thursday. Former defensive end James Vaughters had a fumble recovery for the Chicago Bears, as well … IG Field really is as grand a football stadium as there is in this country. Just a terrific atmosphere and a fun place to watch a game. Official attendance was 25,354 … Terry Williams deserves a lot of credit for the job he took on against the Bombers. Head coach Dave Dickenson had indicated that Williams was already “banged up” last week, and after Morris went down Williams was put in the unenviable position of having to be both the Stamps’ primary kick returner and running back. That’s a lot of work, and a lot of hits to take … Yeah, Shane Bergman being back was big for the Stampeders. The left-guard was terrific in giving Arbuckle the time and space he needed to operate … It’s certainly uncharacteristic of the Stampeders to have had two games this season in which they’ve given up two return touchdowns and there’s definitely no reason to let them off the hook for their special teams coverage against the Bombers. It’s worth noting that absolutely everybody in the CFL seems to be giving up return TDs, though.