Stampeders' Johnson hurried back from ACL surgery

Micah Johnson in training camp at McMahon Stadium on June 11. The defensive tackle worked hard to...

Micah Johnson in training camp at McMahon Stadium on June 11. The defensive tackle worked hard to get back quickly, drawing inspiration from the time it took Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings to rehab from his ACL tear in 2012. (QMI Agency)

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 PM ET

It wasn’t hard to point out the bounce.

 Because Micah Johnson has his back.

The spring was taken out of the Calgary Stampeders defensive tackle’s step Nov. 1 when an awkward landing on the BC Place turf in the final week of the 2013 CFL regular season tore the ACL in his left knee.

But through seven-and-a-half months of hard work, the bounce was back Wednesday, as the 6-foot-2, 276-pounder took part in his first practice, following a gruelling off-season of rehab.

Mentally, the road back started in the BC Place locker-room.

“I was devastated when it happened,” Johnson said. “I just had to make up my mind right then and there that I just wanted to come back and come back hard.

 I was, honestly, thinking of my rehab that same night in the locker-room that I was hurting.”


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