Dynamic duo reunited

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

Nobody is more pleased than Jeremaine Copeland to see quarterback Henry Burris grab the ball tonight when the 7-7 Calgary Stampeders line up against the visiting 3-11 Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Copeland recorded just seven catches in the last three tilts, including one lone grab last game against Montreal, his former club.

"I think so," smiled Copeland, who slipped under the radar when backups Jason Gesser, Danny Wimprine and Josh Harris took the controls.

"I'm not trying to knock anybody but I know who the team leader is and I know who The Man is. They expect a lot of big things from me and Hank, so I'm happy to have him back."

Burris consistently whipped the ball at Copeland in practice this week, a possible precursor to tonight's contest.

"That's what you like about Hank. The strength of his arm is going to get the ball out to you fast and that's what you want," said Copeland, still in need of 27 receiving yards to reach 1,000 for the third consecutive season.

"He's real pumped up. His arm has had time to rest and he's real fired up about coming back."

Out of the starting lineup the last three games with torn ligaments in his non-throwing hand, Burris is confident his return won't re-injure the digit in his first contest back.

He will continue wearing a light cast on his left hand before possibly converting to a lighter splint next week.

"It limits me as to what I can do with the thumb but, right now, the doctors have assured me taking a hit won't increase the damage to the thumb, so that's the biggest mental hurdle to get over ... I'm just ready to go play now," said Burris, injured Sept. 9 in Edmonton.


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