CALGARY — Calgary fullback Teyo Johnson is recovering after being stabbed in the back at a rave party early Friday and will miss Sunday’s West Division semifinal against the Edmonton Eskimos.
Police said Johnson was stabbed in the lower back during a fracas at the Calgary Stampede grounds around 1:15 a.m. Officers were already on the scene when the skirmish started, according to Duty Insp. Rob Williams of the Calgary Police Service.
“Somehow an altercation broke out with a group of people,” said Williams. “The officers approached where this melee had happened and one noticed blood on the back of this victim’s shirt. He was transported to hospital with a single stab wound which was not life threatening.”
John Hufnagel, the Stampeders coach and general manager, said he talked to Johnson by phone Friday.
“He received a knife wound, spent the night in a hospital and will be doubtful obviously for this football game,” Hufnagel said after practice. “The wound is not serious. It didn’t hit any vital organs and that’s what I know. That’s why he wasn’t at practice today (Friday) and right now we’re concerned about Teyo.
“It did sound positive that he’ll have a quick recovery.”
Williams said a knife was recovered from the scene and one person was arrested but later released and is not a suspect.
“We have no one under arrest or who has been charged at this point, but police are still following up leads and we’ll be working on this case file for a few days yet,” Williams added.
Johnson had 18 carries for 420 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season.