Armour hits field sooner than expected

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

Just two days after vowing a heart murmur wouldn't keep him off the field for long, Stampeders linebacker JoJuan Armour made good on his word.

Perhaps a little sooner than he was supposed to.

Armour donned his No. 2 practice jersey to participate in a walk-through yesterday at McMahon Stadium, but raised more than a few eyebrows by fastening his helmet and taking the field for several fast-paced drills with his teammates.

Armour was diagnosed with a heart murmur during his pre-season physical and had skipped four consecutive practices.

Yesterday's morning session was supposed to be his fifth straight as a spectator, but Armour couldn't resist the urge to jump in.

"I got kind of excited. It's hard being away from the game," Armour said.

"This is my tenth year as a pro -- four down south and six up here -- and it's hard watching and sitting on the sidelines. At some point, I got kind of carried away. I tried to sneak me a couple reps in."

Armour didn't show any ill effects during his brief camp cameo yesterday, running at close to full speed and hamming it up with his teammates.

Afterwards, he faced the media for the first time since news of his heart murmur was made public and reported the condition won't keep him from suiting up for his second season with the Stampeders.

"I'm comfortable and I'm happy, because my situation could've been worse," he said.

"It could've been something that could've ended my career or that I wouldn't be able to perform at a high level, but it's not that, so I'm blessed and I'm thankful for it."

Armour, 32, was scheduled for another precautionary test yesterday afternoon.

As long as he's healthy, he's projected to step in as the Stampeders' middle linebacker this season.


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