Stampeders fullback Cory Hathaway tore an Achilles tendon in the morning practice yesterday and will miss the entire 2007 season.
"He's devastated," said head coach Tom Higgins. "It was an extremely difficult conversation to have with a young man.
"He thought this was going to be a good place for him."
Hathaway was injured on an innocent-looking receiving play and the training staff had to get a golf cart to carry him off. He is scheduled for surgery today.
Higgins said the team won't sign another fullback to replace Hathaway. The team has been impressed so far with the work of rookie Canadian Gerald Commissiong.