Rodgers set for comeback

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

Slotback Cory Rodgers dove gracefully into the end zone to score a touchdown on the second play of yesterday's B.C. Lions' scrimmage at Abbotsford Rotary Stadium.

Rodgers' 2009 mission is to rise like a phoenix after suffering a season-ending achilles rupture in the fourth game of 2008.

"I've got a chip on my shoulder because a lot of people were counting me out this offseason," he said. "I'm my biggest critic, but God has the last say so."

Rodgers' 70-yard reception excited fans who had to wait longer under the Fraser Valley sun to see the Leos run through plays a week after they began training camp up the street at Mouat secondary. Rodgers, a 26-year-old Texan, has five touchdowns in only 21 regular season games since joining B.C. in 2007 and approached the scrimmage like it was a meaningful game.

"I wanted to come out here and show my team, show the coaches and fans that the injury is over and I'm ready to move on and play some football," he said.

Rodgers had a promising start to the 2008 campaign with a pair of touchdowns in the season opener at Calgary's McMahon Stadium. That's where the Leos play their first exhibition game on Wednesday.

"It's going to be fun, Calgary's coming off a great year," Rodgers said. "They won the Grey Cup, they're top of the pedestal."


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