Healed-up Canadian catchin' on

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:24 AM ET

A career milestone is icing on the cake for Jon Cornish in his bid for a successful comeback from injury.

The Calgary Stampeders running back scored the first receiving touchdown of his career in a 24-23 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and it was a satisfying feeling for the third-year Canadian.

"It means things are rolling the way it should be," Cornish said.

"At the same time, I'm not 100% yet. I might have pretty close to my top speed, but I don't have the explosiveness I came into the season with."

It was only Cornish's second game since coming back from a knee injury that held him out of the latter part of training camp and the first three games.

Before training camp started, the 24-year-old from New Westminster, B.C., looked to be a bigger part of the offensive plan going into his third season.

He came back and didn't look like he was out of action.

He totalled 51 yards from scrimmage in a win over the B.C. Lions two weeks ago and was used as a change-of-pace back against the Riders.

"The thing about only being back two games, I have a body of statistics going for me," Cornish said.

"I've always been a person who will look at numbers and average things out and try to make correlations about carries and situations.

"Having a touchdown already makes it simple for me because I have a touchdown in two games. I can sort of get it out of the way and focus on running the ball and getting as many yards as I can."

Cornish plans on getting into his off-season training schedule after the Stamps face the Eskimos on the road next week. They have a bye week and nine days between full practices.

Although Cornish claims he won't be 100% until after bye- week, he is still going full out.

"I certainly ran full speed," Cornish said. "My first game back, I had two tackles, and (the knee) was uncomfortable a bit, then it loosened up.

"This past game wasn't uncomfortable at all."

Thelwell to try practising

Veteran Canadian WR Ryan Thelwell will give practice a try this morning to see if he can play Saturday against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. If Thelwell can't practise, he will be out, meaning the Stamps will try Plan B.

"You never want to put a player on the field who isn't ready to play," head coach John Hufnagel said. "With a hamstring, you want to get it well so it doesn't repeat itself. With this injury, you have to make sure it's 100%."


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