Summers time is finally here

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:32 AM ET

The weather was scorching hot on the turf at McMahon Stadium yesterday.

"Oh yeah, it's Summers time," said Stampeders running back Demetris Summers.

"But they haven't put me on the roster yet. I'm waiting my time.

"I'm ready to go when called. It was pretty frustrating. I had to go through it last year, going through getting hurt."

Since getting injured in Week 1, Summers has played the waiting game. Waiting for a his hamstring to heal.

Then waiting for a call back to the active roster.

It may come tomorrow against the B.C. Lions at McMahon Stadium after the Stamps traded returner Titus Ryan away to Winnipeg in a multi-player deal Sunday.

Although Stamps head coach John Hufnagel is playing his cards close to the vest in terms of roster moves, Summers is ready to go.

"I have confidence in Meat and what his abilities are," Hufnagel said.

"Durability is a question. I'm not going to allow that to affect what I believe he can do on the football field."

The original injury happened as he was chasing Ryan as a blocker into the endzone on a 104-yard kickoff return in a loss to the Montreal Alouettes.

Summers came back and aggravated it again, putting him back at square one.

In recent weeks, Ryan struggled, dropping two punt returns that both turned into instant points for the opposition.

Clearly, Ryan had fell out of favour because of ball security. The Stamps didn't get an obvious replacement in the trade, and Hufnagel said yesterday the team will go with returner by committee, but Summers' track record would support him doing the job on punts.

Veteran Markus Howell, who took over last week from Ryan, would likely get the call on punt returns.

Midway through last season, Summers grew into a reliable returner, and his best moment was the West final win over the B.C. Lions when he piled up 183 yards on five kickoffs.

It would be fitting the South Carolina product would get the call against the Lions tomorrow.

"It's frustrating sitting on the sidelines knowing you should be on the field," Summers said.

"You have to wait your turn. Sometimes you get hurt and other people get brought in. Unless your number is called, you have to wait and get ready."


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