Stamps' return hits roadblock

Stamps receiver Ken-Yon Rambo. CALGARY SUN FILE

Stamps receiver Ken-Yon Rambo. CALGARY SUN FILE

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:00 AM ET

He’s dying to get back on the field for game action.

But his lack of action on the practice field and his hesitation to pronounce himself ready are good indications he’s not.

So expect Stampeders receiver Ken-Yon Rambo to sit out another week as the anniversary of his shredded knee passes Saturday.

The decision on the 46-man roster has already been made, but Rambo couldn’t outright admit what it was Thursday.

“Tell them enough, but don’t tell them too much,” Rambo said with a laugh while recalling what head coach John Hufnagel suggested he say to the media.

Hufnagel’s own comments this week spoke volumes.

He said Rambo would play when he was able to tell coaches he was ready and had no buts to add.

Bigger than the lengthy challenge he’s endured getting healthy and rehabilitated to the point playing is a possibility is the challenge of staying healthy and not rushing back too soon.

“That’s the key. I don’t want to just get on the field and then tweak something and then I’m off the field the rest of the season or my whole career,” said Rambo, admitting there’s still soreness

12 months after he tore his ACL in Vancouver.

“I’m trying to get it all the way healthy, which it is — or close.

“We’re on the right path.”

That path likely ends next week against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Rambo didn’t take any reps with the first-team offence Thursday and was chatting with a couple of teammates while the scout team was working with the defence.

Making things more difficult in Rambo’s quest to be honest with himself and his coaches is the quality of the opponent ahead.

The Stamps host the Saskatchewan Roughriders Saturday night, and Rambo admits that has been messing with his head.

“It does. Saskatchewan is one of our rival teams,” he said.

“I want to play this week.

I want to play bad as hell.”

Even if he doesn’t, Rambo has accomplished a lot just getting to this point.

“It’s a little relief. It’s been a long road,” he said. “This off-season was in-season for me. It’s been in-season for the last seven months for me.

“I didn’t go nowhere. No trips, no visits with my parents, nothing. I was in Dallas doing my rehab all the time.

“I’m over the pain now. It’s more soreness. Soreness is gonna be there. I’ve just got to keep on running on it and keep lifting on it and get it stronger.

“I’m a very focused and determined man, and I love what I do. I did everything I could to get it stronger and get it right and ready for this season.

“When I get out there — I can’t wait — I’m just gonna try to have a whole bunch of fun.”

His return will be fun for his teammates, too.

The CFL’s leading receiver in 2008 will add a whole new dimension to an inconsistent offence.

“I know once he’s able to get out there and play, he definitely will be a shot of adrenaline for us,” said quarterback Henry Burris.

“He will be another key piece of arsenal in our attack.”


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