Reynolds rollin' despite injuries

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

By his own admission, Joffrey Reynolds is playing less than 100% healthy.

The Calgary Stampeders locomotive tailback might only be chugging along at 80% efficiency these days after suffering strained left knee ligaments two weeks ago.

Whatever the number, it's good enough.

Reynolds rushed for 113-yards in a 34-17 win over the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats and appears to have returned to his sensational mid-season form.

Better yet, the tender hinge now seems fine if still not fully recuperated.

"It felt pretty good," shrugged Reynolds.

"Hitting the turf a couple of times it got sore a little bit but I was able to play through it."

Despite fumbling a handoff late in the third quarter, Reynolds, 25, continues as one of the offence's most consistent performers through 15 games. His 1,236 yards this season is second only to Winnipeg's Charles Roberts.

Seven times in the first three quarters Reynolds rushed for seven or more yards on first down, taking much of the pressure off starting quarterback Henry Burris.

"I got good running room," Reynolds said.

"We lined up in different formations so they couldn't key on us. They had a lot of guys on the ball trying to stop the run so we had a couple of formations in the first half.

"We came into the second half with a bunch formation and ran to the bunch and away from the bunch so they couldn't key on what we were doing."

On the other side of the ball, Jesse Lumsden fielded the best effort of his young CFL career.

The Ticats rookie tailback crashed and banged his way to 69 yards and one TD on 13 carries. Lumsden was passed over by the Stampeders in the Canadian College Draft last spring, confident Reynolds would live up to expectations.


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