Clay­brooks deal­ing with health issue

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS - DANNY AUSTIN [email protected]­ www.twit­­nyAustin_9

Be­fore tak­ing ques­tions from the me­dia on Thurs­day, Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers head coach Dave Dick­en­son ex­plained why DeVone Clay­brooks had been ab­sent from prac­tice for the past two days.

The Stamps de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor wasn’t at McMa­hon Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day or Thurs­day, and Dick­en­son took a cou­ple min­utes to of­fer some de­tails about his ab­sence.

“DeVone’s sick, he’s got some­thing (health-re­lated),” Dick­en­son said. “We don’t have all the an­swers, but I just wanted to let people know that he went in for some tests at the hos­pi­tal.

“If any­thing ’s come about from it, we’ll let you know.”

Ob­vi­ously, Clay­brooks is missed at McMa­hon on a foot­ball level. He’s the leader of the best de­fence in the league, af­ter all, and is widely con­sid­ered to be one of the bright­est minds in the game.

More im­por­tantly, though, the Stamps are wor­ried about their friend, and they ’ll give Clay­brooks the time he needs to get the tests done and re­turn to the field when he’s fully healthy.

That’s the pri­or­ity, end of story. It’s big­ger than foot­ball.

“We’ve got his back. We’ll take care of him ei­ther way, but we would love to see him here,” Dick­en­son said. “We have a plan to sup­port (him) and also we want to see him and just talk to him a lit­tle bit, so just make sure ev­ery­thing ’s fine.

“I’ve got my fin­gers crossed, I’m hope­ful. I don’t think it’s any­thing too ma­jor.”

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