Copeland looking ready to start

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:55 AM ET

The flashy figure wearing No. 80 running through practice drills looked a lot like Jeremaine Copeland.

In fact, that's exactly who it was finding open space in secondary, despite an ankle injury that a day earlier looked like it would sideline the Calgary Stampeders receiver.

Two days after being carted off the field, Copeland was back in his usual spot at slotback.

"I felt pretty good on the practice field," said Copeland, who proclaimed himself ready to play tomorrow in the Labour Day Classic against Edmonton (1 p.m., McMahon Stadium). "I'm glad I get to go play this game. Everyone knows I want to play this game pretty badly."

The idea yesterday was for Copeland to take some warmups and stretch out. The ankle responded well so he jumped right into drills. The joint was sore after the workout but it wasn't anything he couldn't handle.

"It was very important to practise," the league's second leading receiver said. "I'm not the type of person to put myself in if I couldn't play in the game.

"I wouldn't want to take anything away from my teammates. If I can't go, I won't go."

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JENKINS RELEASED: The Ronney Jenkins experiment is over for the Calgary Stampeders. With the arrival of Terrence Wilkins and the emergence of Tony Stallings, the former NFL return specialist was cut yesterday. The backup running back was left home for the two-game East Division road trip and wasn't in the Stamps plans, according to head coach Tom Higgins.

"It got to the point when we made a change, we wanted to see how we could do with other people we had," Higgins said. "We had to decide if we would ever give him another chance here. We decided this was the time to let him go."

Jenkins rushed 11 times for 84 yards in seven games and could be attractive to other teams. Higgins tried to trade Jenkins but there were no takers.

"There is a lot of interest in the CFL and he stands a very good chance of getting picked up," Higgins said.


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