Rob Maver’s rather poor performance against the Toronto Argonauts Friday night now makes some sense.
According to Stampeders’ Head Coach and General Manager John Hufnagel, Maver injured his quadricep in the pre-game warmup of Calgary’s 23-21 loss to Toronto on Canada Day.
Maver only went one for four in Calgary’s close loss, and according to Allen Cameron of the Calgary Herald, afterwards was criticized harshly in cyberspace.
Due to the injury, which will probably force Maver to miss some time, the Stampeders have signed Rene Paredes from the University of Concordia Stingers, who was released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers earlier this year. Paredes was a career 54 for 79 in Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
But I think one reason why so many Stampeders fans are disturbed is that Maver wasn’t replaced by punter Burke Dales. The Stampeders have the luxury of having two kickers. I know Dales in a punting specialist, but in my opinion, should have made an attempt to kick a couple of field goals with Maver ailing.
Calgary also signed defensive lineman Shawn Mayne, who won back-to-back Grey Cup Championships with the Montreal Alouettes in 2009 and 2010. Mayne will replace Corey Mace who tore his Achilles’ tendon.