Return of SAM Branden Dozier buoys healthy Stamps for West Semi-Final

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The Calgary Stampeders will be healthy for their West Semi-Final clash with the B.C. Lions, with all projected starters including strongside linebacker Branden Dozier able to take the field.

Dozier was listed as questionable by the team after missing last week with a calf injury but will be good to go on Saturday. The 29-year-old has appeared in 17 games this season, registering 63 defensive tackles, seven special teams tackles, two sacks and a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery.

Canadian linebackers Cameron Judge and Charlie Moore will also return to the fold after resting in the regular-season finale. Linebacker Brad Cowan and defensive end Toby Ndukwe will be healthy scratches, while defensive tackle Damontre Moore returns to the practice roster.

Offensively, star receiver Reggie Begelton and starting running back Ka’Deem Carey will be back after taking last week off. That means Canadian receiver Rysen John will be a healthy scratch, along with backup running back Dedrick Mills.

Mills remains the Stampeders’ top rusher for the 2023 season, notching 142 carries for 802 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games. Carey has played just nine games, rushing 89 times for 476 yards. However, the former CFL all-star will continue to get the nod this week, as the presence of kick returner Peyton Logan holds Mills off the roster.

The Stampeders (6-12) will visit the Lions (12-6) on Saturday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. B.C. secured victory in the first two meetings between these teams this season but dropped a 41-16 decision to Calgary at home two weeks ago.

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