Teyo back and taking things cool

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:19 AM ET

The only concert Teyo Johnson plans on attending this week will be on Rock Band.

"PS3 and some sleep," the Stampeders fullback said when asked his social agenda prior to Sunday's West final.

"I might not step out of the house unless it's football related."

Johnson was back at Stamps practice yesterday, participating in full drills with the first-team offence for the first time since being stabbed last Thursday night. He expects to play against the Roughriders Sunday after missing the West semifinal win over the Eskimos at McMahon Stadium.

The second-year Stampeder is thankful his team came through with a victory, but standing on the sidelines watching was no fun.

"That hurt worse than the knife," Johnson said.

"This is the most focused I've ever been ... With everything that happened, you take a step back and realize how blessed you are to be in a position like this and to have these opportunities, because they are not promised.

"This is a big game and we have a two-game season at this point. Nothing really needs to be said.

"Everyone was real supportive after everything happened. They are my brothers and it really hurt them to see me in that state. I'm doing whatever I can to contribute to this team the best way I can."

The knife wound didn't hit any vital organs and the 27-year-old said he could have played last weekend.

Head coach John Hufnagel was, of course, being cautious and he's waiting a couple of days before pronouncing Johnson 100% ready for the Riders. But yesterday was a good first step.

"Our biggest concern was whether or not it would bleed or if there was muscle damage," Hufnagel said.

The 6-foot-5, 260-lb. fullback gives the Stamps more power in the run game because of his blocking.

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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