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Cornish won't play against Tiger-Cats Friday

Jon Cornish
Jon Cornish
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According to TSN on Wednesday, Calgary Stampeders' running back Jon Cornish will not play for the Stampeders on Friday night against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at McMahon Stadium because he is still out with a concussion. Cornish has still been suffering concussion-like symptoms from a hit he took from Kyries Hebert of the Montreal Alouettes on June 28.

In the Stampeders season opener, a game the Stampeders won 29-8, Cornish had 67 yards rushing and 41 yards receiving before going down with the injury. Cornish, who was the Canadian Football League's Most Outstanding Player and Most Outstanding Canadian in 2013, also had an 18 yard run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that put the Stampeders up 22-1 at the time.

Hebert meanwhile was fined the Canadian Football League maximum for the hit, but was not suspended. Last week in the Stampeders' 34-15 win in Toronto, the Stampeders' backup running back Matt Walter carried the load for Calgary by rushing ten times for 46 yards. Expect Walter to carry the load again against the winless Tiger-Cats on Friday.

The Tiger-Cats have a major injury issue to deal with themselves. Quarterback Zach Collaros will not be playing because of a head injury he suffered from a hit by Odell Willis in a 28-24 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos on July 4 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. The Tiger-Cats have not announced which quarterback they will start in his place.

Meanwhile, another Canadian Football League most outstanding player award winner will not be playing tonight. Toronto Argonauts' wide receiver Chad Owens will not be playing tonight in Ottawa against the RedBlacks. Owens injured his foot in the Argonauts' loss last Saturday to the Stampeders at the Rogers Center.

The Stampeders enter tonight's game against Hamilton with a chance to get possession of second place in the Western Division with a victory. Calgary is undefeated at 2-0, but have played two fewer games than their divisional rival, the 4-0 Edmonton Eskimos. The Stampeders will play the Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Thursday, July 24.