The Calgary Stampeders will be without star running back Ka’Deem Carey for a second straight week, but that could be the least of their problems against the B.C. Lions.
The team has officially ruled out starting middle linebacker Jameer Thurman and right tackle Julian Good-Jones along with Carey for their Saturday afternoon clash with the Leos, dealing a critical blow to both sides of the ball.
Thurman first joined the Stamps in 2017 and was a key member of Calgary’s Grey Cup championship team in 2018. He attended training camp with the NFL’s Chicago Bears in 2019 and played for the XFL’s DC Defenders in 2020 before returning to Calgary ahead of the 2021 season.
The Indiana State product served as one of the team’s captains and started all 14 regular season games. He had 62 tackles including one tackle for loss, one special teams tackle, three sacks, three forced fumbles, and three knockdowns.
In seven games thus far in 2022, Thurman has added 30 defensive tackles, another on special teams, two interceptions and one forced fumble.
Good-Jones joined the Stampeders in 2021, making seven starts at right tackle. The Iowa State product has started every game so far in 2022, anchoring an offensive line that has allowed the league’s fewest sacks while opening wide holes for all three of the team’s running backs.
The Stamps are already missing centre Sean McEwen, but the team was able to compensate for the absence of Carey — who has 72 carries for 471 yards and five touchdowns on the year — with a 100-yard rushing performance from backup Dedrick Mills. That becomes more difficult to replicate with a banged-up offensive line.
Other key players listed as questionable for Saturday’s game include top receiver Malik Henry and safety Branden Dozier.