According to Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun on Monday, two Calgary Stampeders were injured in their 30-20 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday. Defensive lineman Micah Johnson injured his knee and wide receiver Jeff Fuller suffered a dislocated shoulder.
Johnson, according to Sportak, has "arguably" been the best Stampeders player this season. The product of the University of Kentucky tore a knee ligament in a 26-7 loss to the British Columbia Lions to close out the 2013 Canadian Football League regular season, and apparently injured his same knee this past weekend. At 6'2", 275 pounds, Johnson has had 19 tackles (three more than his entire 2013 total) and three sacks this season.
Fuller meanwhile has been a dynamic offensive force for the Stampeders that have seen injuries to running back Jon Cornish and wide receivers Maurice Price and Nik Lewis already in 2014. In seven games, Fuller has caught 28 passes for 366 yards and five touchdowns. His 366 receiving yards was second on the Stampeders behind slotback Marquay McDaniel.
There is some speculation however that Cornish will return to the Stampeders' lineup on Saturday when Calgary plays the Ottawa Redblacks. Cornish suffered a concussion in Calgary's season opener against the Montreal Alouettes and will be practicing on Wednesday.
Calgary native Matt Walter will also return to practice. Walter, who was seeing more playing time at running back with the injury to Cornish, also suffered a concussion in Calgary's impressive 26-22 win over the Edmonton Eskimos on July 24.
With all of the injuries the Stampeders have had, it is very impressive they are still leading the Western Division with a record of six wins and one loss. In that time they have outscored their opponents 191-114. Their 114 points against are the least in the Canadian Football League. In terms of coaching, this could be Rich Stubler's finest season to date. Stubler, who is the Stampeders' defensive co-ordinator, has been coaching regularly in the CFL since 1983, and at the age of 65 is in his first year in Calgary.