Thelwell itchin' to return

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:26 PM ET

HAMILTON — Dripping with sweat from his first full practice in more than three weeks, Ryan Thelwell started negotiating.

Teammate DeVone Claybrooks vowed he would round up some extra tickets to Wednesday night’s meeting with the Toronto Argonauts.

The compensation? To be worked out later.

There is no better indication that Thelwell, who missed the first two weeks of a season with an ankle sprain, will make his 2010 season debut than that.

On Monday, he ran some plays with the backup offence and caught passes in individual drills. He even stood in and emulated an Argo during punt coverage.

After recovering from last season’s torn Achilles, Thelwell is itching to play, and he’s just waiting for the goahead from head coach John Hufnagel.

“With Huf, you have to prove you can go out there and play,” Thelwell said. “I did a little bit (Sunday) and he wanted to see how I did (Monday).

“I’m preparing like I’m going to play. It feels good. They wouldn’t put me out there if they knew it wasn’t 100%.”

The 37-year-old feels fortunate to even be on this road trip. When it was determined he wouldn’t play Saturday against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Thelwell expected he would miss his daughter’s birthday party.

Thelwell’s family live in London, Ont., so his eldest daughter Amari went to visit the grandparents for her seventh birthday.

Now what would make the trip perfect is to complete his comeback from the Achilles.

“It’s frustrating because it seemed like it was never ending,” Thelwell said. “I was out for seven months. To finally get back and play a quarter and a half and get injured again … if I can make it through the Achilles, this is nothing.”

The Stamps will have to make a roster move to activate Thelwell but they might have a glut of Canadian receivers now.

Former Stampeder Jabari Arthur will rejoin the club after getting released by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Monday. Arthur played four games for the Stamps in 2008 and was active for the Grey Cup run that year but was dealt to the Bombers in the Romby Bryant deal last season.


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