Vet­eran Bran­don Smith out

Calgary Sun - - SPORTS - — DANNY AUSTIN

The Cal­gary

Stam­ped­ers are go­ing to be re­plac­ing their longest­tenured player with a guy who has only been around for 10 days.

When the Stamps take on the B.C. Lions on Satur­day at McMa­hon Sta­dium (6 p.m., TSN/770 CHQR), they’ll be with­out the ser­vices of half­back Bran­don Smith, who has an undis­closed in­jury.

In his place will be DaShaun Amos, a 24-yearold rookie who was added to the prac­tice ros­ter on Oct. 3.

“Smitty, I think, is one of those guys who would play through any­thing, but he’s not right and he’s hurt­ing, and on a five-day week, we just felt we had to make a move,” said Stamps head coach Dave Dick­en­son. “We were re­ally high on (Amos) in the off-sea­son. We thought he’d be one of our best young guys, and he’s shown up well, and they want to take a look.”

Even re­porters who are at prac­tice ev­ery day haven’t had the chance to get much of a look at Amos, an NCAA East Carolina Pi­rates prod­uct who signed with the NFL’s New York Gi­ants as a free agent in 2017 but was re­leased prior to the start of the sea­son.

De­fen­sive backs coach Josh Bell, though, seems to think the Stam­ped­ers may have un­cov­ered a gem.

“Oh, yeah," Bell said. "He has a par­tic­u­lar set of skills to be a su­per­hero in our back­end."

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