Stamps' Thelwell recovering well

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

Ryan Thelwell hoped to fly under the radar in his comeback, but head coach John Hufnagel wouldn’t let it happen.

On the first day of training camp, the Calgary Stampeders receiver threw on the pads and helmet and ran onto the field amongst other players.

Hufnagel spotted the veteran and put a kibosh on that attempt.

No matter how good Thelwell feels a season after suffering a torn Achilles, Hufnagel will make the veteran take it slow, which isn’t normal for the speedy Canadian.

“I thought he wouldn’t see me, but he’s quick,” Thelwell said with a laugh. “I want to play. People talk about the grind of training camp, and

I understand it. When you get something taken away from you, you appreciate it more. I wouldn’t mind being out there.

“But Huf knows what he wants, and I will go with it.”

The plan now is for Thelwell to keep building strength and get into action during the second pre-season outing, which is at home June 20 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Hufnagel said Thelwell is on the right track and further ahead in his rehabilitation than fellow receiver Ken-Yon Rambo, who is coming back from a torn ACL.

The duo takes part in individual drills every practice, but they stand in the huddle once the full team session starts. They also work with trainer Pat Clayton on strength drills.

“Sitting and watching, you want to be out there,” Thelwell said. “Running routes on air is one thing, but actually going against somebody who is trying to cover you is something else. I feel good. I don’t feel any slower. Time will tell, but physically, I feel fine.”


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