Tuesday Camp Report

Tuesday Roundup

Rookie FB Rob Cote already was working with the first-string offence but his status was further strengthened when Cory Hathaway, an off-season addition, tore his Achilles’ tendon in the morning session. Hathaway will be operated on today. His season is over and his career could be in jeopardy. “That’s a tough discussion to have with a young man,” said head coach Tom Higgins. “It’s like being at a funeral. There’s absolutely nothing you can say. It’s a devastating blow to the young man.”

The Stamps cut LB Steve Wilson and WR Roscoe Crosby on Tuesday. Crosby was dealing with a groin injury. “Steve was taking reps from people who were trying to push for a spot,” said Higgins. “Roscoe showed us enough that when he does come back, he’ll be so far behind that he won’t even be able to compete with the players we have.” . . . The following players missed time and are considered day-to-day: WR Markus Howell (calf), DE Jim Davis (groin), WR David Bautista (quad), RB Ken Simonton (hamstring), LB Justin Phillips (hamstring) . . . OL Tyler Lynem is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks with a torn ligament in his thumb.

DB Brandon Browner had another good day and is having a fantastic camp. DB Crance Clemons was good again, while rookie DB Brandon Stewart looked good . . . SB Jeremaine Copeland continues his terrific play and provided one of the day’s highlights when he beat Browner for a long touchdown . . . RB Wes Cates quietly is showing the new offensive staff what made him so effective as a rookie in 2006 . . . Rookie FB Gerald Commissiong is improving every day. His pancake block on Anthony Garguilo brought the offence to life in the afternoon

OT Jeff Pilon had a strong day and certainly isn’t resting on his laurels. DE Terrence Patrick and DT Tearrius George continue to shine on the d-line.

Former Stamps first-round draft pick Steven Morley was cut by the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday. The big offensive tackle won’t return to Calgary because the price tag is way too high. It is rumoured he already turned down a $180,000 offer from the Toronto Argonauts and a $150,000 deal from the B.C. Lions.

Camp Battles

  • Returnees
    Henry Burris*, Barrick Nealy*.
  • Newcomers
    Akili Smith*, Ryan Cubit*.
  • Departures
    Danny McManus*, David Corley*.
  • Analysis
    Burris is No. 1, Smith the backup and Nealy is pulling away from Cubit for the third-string job.