Browner finds gear to sneak past speedy Colt

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

Brandon Browner isn't afraid of a challenge, whether it's on the football field or an imaginary track.

Upon hearing how fast youngster Johnny Forzani can run, the Calgary Stampeders defensive back accepted a 40-yard dash challenge yesterday during practice.

Consider the Calgary Colts junior player taken to school, even if Browner only won by a step or two.

"It was a good race," the 6-ft.-3, 220-lb. cornerback said. "He probably says he won. I'm not sure why we have all these controversial races. It's always close, so maybe I have to blow them away earlier."

Last season, Browner participated in a fastest Stampeder challenge and came up short to former defensive back J.R. Ruffin.

He may be even speedier this season, but there hasn't been a full challenge yet.

Because Browner is so competitive (he tossed his helmet in disgust after getting beat on a pass in practice Wednesday), he will take all comers.

At no time will Browner pull the Jerry Seinfeld and "Choose not to run."

"I always want to win," Browner said. "It's my competitive nature. At the same time, racing gets my motor running and that's beneficial to me."

Forzani is running scout-team routes for the Stamps and is on a bye week with the 3-0 Colts right now.

The son of Stampeders legend Tom Forzani has plenty of potential but is still learning the game after spending his high school years playing basketball.

Browner is suitably impressed with the future receiver.

"He's fast. He wanted to tell me he was faster than me, so I told him let's do it right there on the spot," Browner said.

Jackson hurt in practice

The injury bug won't leave the Edmonton Eskimos alone, with returner Tristan Jackson the latest to go down.

Jackson injured his right ankle in practice yesterday as the rookie speed demon went down in a heap on the field turf at Clarke Stadium on a kickoff return drill.

Right now, it's unclear how serious the injury is.

"It might just be a sprain. We just need to see what it is," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

But it could be much worse. The bottom of Jackson's right leg was taped on the sidelines before he was taken to the dressing room via a cart.


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