When the Baltimore CFLs activated Robert Clark for tonight's game in Winnipeg, he became the fourth receiver of six on the roster who started the season elsewhere.
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as a backup slotback behind Chris Armstrong and Shawn Beals. He replaces rookie Jim Guarantano, who goes to the practice squad.
"He's got experience," coach Don Matthews said of Clark, "and he's done a lot more things."
Clark spent five years in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints (1988), Detroit Lions (1989 to 1991) and Miami Dolphins (four games in 1992). He had career highs with 53 catches for 932 yards and eight touchdowns in 1991 with the Lions under offensive coordinator Mouse Davis.
He followed Davis to Toronto last season, where he played 14 games with the Argonauts (50 catches for 900 yards). He outlasted Davis, who was fired in midseason, then left Toronto himself.
This year he signed with the Atlanta Falcons, but after minicamp asked for -- and received -- his release. "The situation wasn't in my favor," said Clark, who turns 29 next week. "I wouldn't want to sit around with my career and my year determined by whether somebody else got hurt."
With a rating of 117, quarterback Tracy Ham (six touchdown passes, one intercepts) ranks second in passer efficiency. Calgary's Doug Flutie leads with 130. Slotback Chris Armstrong is sixth in receiving yards with 257 on 14 catches.
Defensive tackle Robert Presbury's five sacks share the CFL lead with Shonte Peoples of Las Vegas. Cornerback Karl Anthony is tied for fourth with two interceptions. Running back Mike Pringle is fourth with 474 all-purpose yards (Toronto's Mike Clemons leads with 599). Donald Igwebuike is fourth in kicking points with 35.
Baltimore leads the league in fewest yards penalized with 151.
Igwebuike kicked a 67-yard field goal yesterday in practice with the wind at his back. . . . Wide receiver Walter Wilson slightly strained his left hamstring when he stepped in a hole at Kirk Field this week, but he missed no practice time. . . . Winnipeg activated linebacker Del Lyles (rotator cuff) and running back Blaise Bryant (charley horse) this week, and may rTC sub Jamie Holland for wide-out Alfred Jackson (hamstring pull). . . . Canadian teams are allowed an extra import when playing U.S. teams, and Winnipeg's will be safety Anthony Shelton, who will split time with Errol Brown.