CALGARY -- The Calgary Stampeder offence will have an unfamiliar look Friday in Toronto, as running back Jon Cornish will be sidelined with a thigh contusion.
Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel made the announcement on Thursday after saying that he was questionable a day earlier.
In his place, tailbacks Matt Walter and Jonathan Williams will share duties in Calgary's backfield. Hufnagel wouldn't confirm which of the two would get the start.
Hufnagel also announced that it's possible Nik Lewis will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery today to repair his broken fibula, but wasn't able to officially confirm it, opting to wait until he returns to Calgary to receive confirmation from team doctors.
"From the latest report I got, no it's not likely. So that's why I want to make sure I know exactly what I'm talking about when I get back to Calgary and talk to the doctors,"
On Wednesday, Cornish - who did not travel with the team - described the injury as one of "overuse'' and not bruising. He ran for 175 yards and four touchdowns Aug. 9 in a 42-27 win over Saskatchewan, but was limited to 73 yards and one major in a 26-22 loss to the B.C. Lions last Saturday.
"I've recently restored a lot of range of motion to my leg that I haven't had for four years,'' Cornish said. "My leg did more work than probably its done with that range of motion in the (Saskatchewan) game and then (I) played in the BC game. It didn't feel good in that game.''
Calgary's depth at receiver is getting tested. Veteran slotback Nik Lewis is out for at least six games with a broken fibula he suffered in Vancouver. Maurice Price also won't play Friday because of an ankle injury.
Calgary was already without receivers Joe West (shoulder), Johnny Forzani (ankle) and Chris Bauman (wrist) on the nine-game injured list.
So Montreal native Jabari Arthur will get a lot of work for the next month and a half during Lewis's absence. Former quarterback Brad Sinopoli of Peterborough, Ont., had five catches for 81 yards his first CFL game as a receiver July 12 and will fill in for Price.
Marquay McDaniel led Calgary in receptions with seven for 75 yards in Vancouver. The slotback will probably again be a recurring target for Glenn with Lewis out.
"We've just got to go out there and know what we're doing each play, knowing your assignment and execute and just got to make the play when the ball comes your way,'' McDaniel said. "All year one guy's gone down and somebody's got to step up and fill that spot.''
Arthur has dressed for every game and compiled 168 yards on 14 catches. He may not have the stocky Lewis's blocking talent, but at six foot four Arthur is half a foot taller than Lewis and thus offers more vertical.
"Nik has a very great skill set and we're probably going to miss it a little bit, but I think I also bring a different skill set to the table,'' Arthur said. "I think I'll still be able to make a few plays like Nik does for that position.
"I'm going to catch the ball if they throw it to me. That's what I'm going to do.''
With files from The Canadian Press