Receiver copes with leg injury

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:35 AM ET

Jeremaine Copeland hauled in a long touchdown pass and in his own unique style ... ran back to the huddle quietly.

A mock game is no time for touchdown celebrations but it didn't stop the Calgary Stampeders receiver from playing like he is in mid-season form.

"This is on film and they are making decisions," Copeland said after the seventh day of training camp.

"We're through playing around. You have to go out and take care of business or get off the field."

A couple of series later, quarterback Henry Burris again found Copeland over the middle for a touchdown.

It was impossible to tell that Copeland sat out four days of practice with a hamstring injury this week, only returning on Thursday.

"The injury isn't a 100 percent but it's real close. It will be 100 percent soon and then we will stop wrapping it up," Copeland said.

"The hammy is feeling tight behind the knee and up to the side. It will start to open up because it was starting to already today.

"I wanted to get back in there the whole time I was out. They were starting to call me Coach Copeland. I'm not ready to be a coach yet. I prefer to be on the field."

EXTRA POINTS: Import DL Tony Ficklin twisted his knee during yesterday's mock game, while Canadian WR Markus Howell pulled a hamstring. Both injuries are not thought to be serious ... The Stamps cut OL Max Ivanov and DL Canary Knight ... DB Herb Cash signed with the team and will debut at practice today.


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