O'Mahony gets another kick at it

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Duncan O'Mahony had turned the page. But the Calgary Stampeders forced him to write one more chapter.

The Stampeders have put inconsistent punter Burke Dales on the sidelines -- officially, he's on the one-game injured list -- and brought back O'Mahony for Friday's game against the B.C. Lions.

Just a few days ago, O'Mahony, who was cut by the Stamps after training camp, figured he was done with the game. He was called Friday and slept on it before making a decision to give football one more kick.

"I had moved on -- I was gonna just retire and move on," said the 31-year-old, who spent three seasons in Calgary and another couple of years with the B.C. Lions.

"I pursued other options -- I was doing job interviews and applications in other fields -- and this came up.

"I had to really think about it because I wasn't sure I wanted to come back at first because, by staying in limbo and letting teams call you, you don't have control of your future. If I decided to put things to rest and move on with my life, I have control once again.

"It's better to take the opportunity than to say years down the road, 'What if?' "

Head coach Tom Higgins said Dales is ill with "flu-like symptoms" but added that wouldn't be enough to keep him from playing.

Dales has the leg to have a long career, but the third-year pro -- who is averaging 45.1 yards per punt -- hasn't made the right kick often enough.

"It wasn't getting it done to our liking," Higgins said. "When we need a big punt, that's when I like to think they come --not when there's no pressure on. He's been asked to do a couple of things -- at times, he does it, and at other times, he doesn't do it.

"We told Duncan, 'We can give you one game and afterwards we need to make a decision how we're gonna go.' "


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