Eagles cut set to soar with Stamps again

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

Charleston Hughes blew into town three hours before game time, then watched from the owner's suite as his team put on an impressive display.

It was a fitting of a big name coming to town.

"I wouldn't think of it as star treatment," said the defensive end. "But it was a better view. I would rather have been down there playing."

The Calgary Stampeders rolled out the Red & White carpet for the defensive lineman, who helped them win the Grey Cup last year before signing with the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.

But now that Hughes is back, getting released last week, he might have trouble cracking a lineup that just beat the Edmonton Eskimos 32-8 last night at McMahon Stadium.

"They played really well," Hughes said.

"There were some great plays out there.

"I can't wait to join them. I don't care if I'm on special teams. I just want to play right now."

When the 25-year-old was with the Eagles, he was hampered by foot and hand injuries. He insists the injuries are healed, but Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel isn't sure he's ready to play Friday at Edmonton.

"I think I'm ready whenever they give me the OK," Hughes said. "I feel good right now."

Despite getting released, Hughes enjoyed his time in Philadelphia, where there was a circus surrounding the signing of Michael Vick.

"I had my opportunity and I showed what I could do," Hughes said.

"I made some plays when they needed to be made. I'm a lot better player than I was last year. Going to Philly pretty much made me a better overall player."

In the locker-room after the game, Hughes received a hero's welcome from his former teammates.

"It was good meeting back up with all these guys I won with," Hughes said. "Seeing all the same guys again and the camaraderie we had back then was renewed.

"It's still there, as you can see when they are jumping all over me. I have a good friendship with a lot of players on this team."


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