Canadian safety Malcolm Thompson draws start for Stampeders vs. Bombers

Photo courtesy: Calgary Stampeders

The Calgary Stampeders will have a slightly different look on the back end this week, flipping their ratio for a Canadian safety.

Rookie American Bentlee Sanders (shoulder), who has recorded six tackles through two games, will not be available this week. Instead, Malcolm Thompson will assume the starting role in his place.

The five-foot-11, 193-pound safety signed with the Stampeders last September and went on to play in four regular-season games, recording one defensive tackle and one special-teams stop. He has equalled that production in two games this year.

The undrafted free agent out of Wilfrid Laurier University originally signed with the Stampeders ahead of the cancelled 2020 season but failed to make the team’s roster the following year. He later played two games with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and had a stint with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2022, starting seven games for the club and finishing with 23 defensive tackles and five special teams tackles in 10 total appearances.

Veteran homegrown defensive back Nick Statz will also draw into the lineup to provide insurance, while rookie first-round pick Ben Labrosse is listed at backup halfback for a third straight week.

 

Calgary will also be missing a pair of Canadian defensive linemen this week, as defensive tackle Kwadwo Boahen (back) and special teams standout Kelon Thomas (head/shoulder) have both been placed on the one-game injured list. 2024 third-round pick George Idoko draws into the lineup at defensive end but will primarily contribute on special teams. Meanwhile, American rookie Josiah Coatney will make his first start at defensive tackle and bump Charles Wiley to backup.

Offensive tackle Trevon Tate and receiver Tre Dukes remain the team’s two healthy scratches.

The Calgary Stampeders (1-1) will host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-3) on Saturday, June 29 with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. EDT.

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