The Calgary Stampeders will be forced to reshuffle their secondary in a big way ahead of their rematch with the Edmonton Elks on Saturday.
With strong-side linebacker Titus Wall (shoulder) headed to the six-game injured list, the team will also be without the services of promising young safety Michael Griffin (knee) and veteran late-season addition Shaquille Richardson. All three have played prominent roles in the defensive backfield this season.
Safety Branden Dozier will drop down into the linebacking corps to replace Wall, while veteran Nick Taylor returns from injury to fill in at safety. Brad Muhammad will draw into the lineup to replace Richardson at field-side halfback and Global safety Bailey Devine-Scott will also dress for additional depth.
The Stamps will also be without the services of backup running back Dedrick Mills (head) this week. The 26-year-old has rushed 125 times for 632 yards and four touchdowns this season but has taken a backseat to starter Ka’Deem Carey since he returned to the lineup. LeVante Bellamy will dress for depth.
Canadian receiver Cole Tucker (head), the team’s 2023 first-round pick, has been added to the six-game injured list and will be replaced by Colton Hunchak. Fellow rookie receiver Rysen John and Global defensive end Aaron Donkor have both been returned to the practice roster, with linebacker Jordan Herdman-Reed and defensive end Alex Tchangam drawing in.
The Stampeders (4-8) will visit the Elks (2-10) on Saturday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Calgary secured a 35-31 comeback victory in last week’s meeting between the two Alberta rivals.