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Stamps trade for Bombers' receivers

Calgary Stampeders' receiver Ryan Thelwell is out for the season, and it didn't take long for the club to find replacements.

Calgary's receiving corps takes another big hit, so replacements brought in

Calgary Stampeders' receiver Ryan Thelwell is out for the season, and it didn't take long for the club to find replacements.

The 36-year-old suffered a torn Achilles tendon on his first catch of a loss in Hamilton on Friday night.

"He will be getting an operation [Sunday]," coach John Hufnagel told the media after morning meetings. "He's done for the season and will go into a rehab process to get back on the field next year."

It's the second serious hit to the Stamps' excellent receiving corps this season after Ken-Yon Rambo suffered a knee injury that will also keep him out until next year, on July 24 in Vancouver.

So later Sunday, Calgary announced a trade with Winnipeg for import receiver Romby Bryant, non-import catcher Arjei Franklin, a third-round pick in the 2010 draft and the rights to an undisclosed negotiation list player.

Going east is non-import receiver Jabari Arthur, who is coming back from breaking a foot in the pre-season, import receiver Titus Ryan, defensive lineman Odell Willis and two late-round 2010 draft picks.

Bryant had two catches for 18 yards in the Bombers' loss to Montreal on Sunday afternoon.

Hufnagel knows all about Achilles injuries as he suffered one near the end of his own career as a quarterback.

"Players have come back," he told the Calgary Herald. "Ryan will first have to see how the operation goes, see how rehab goes and see where he is in his mind."

Thelwell caught 31 balls for 492 yards, good for a 16.3 average this season. He had one touchdown.