Rambo says he’ll be ready for tilt against Bombers

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:20 PM ET

He’s back — but not until next week.

While officially declaring himself out for Saturday’s game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Calgary Stampeders receiver Ken-Yon Rambo declared he’d be back on the field with his teammates against the visiting Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Week 5 of the CFL season.

“For sure. I’m saying it right now,” Rambo said after Friday’s pre-game walkthrough at McMahon Stadium.

But he wasn’t about to engage in any trash talk. When asked if he had a message for the Bombers defensive backs, he offered a simple one.

“I’ll be there.”

The fact he won’t be around Saturday wasn’t a very well-kept secret as his reps faded later in the week after practising hard Tuesday.

Stamps head coach John Hufnagel has left the decision in Rambo’s hands to a certain degree.

“We will have a chat when he feels that he’s ready to go, then I’ll confirm it,” Hufnagel said Friday. “He’s improving. I like his progress. Hopefully, in the near future, he’ll be on the field.”

Eager to test his surgically repaired knee in a game a year after tearing his ACL, Rambo is understandably upset he’s not quite ready to go with the rival Riders in town.

He deserves credit, however, for going with his brain and not his heart while making the decision.

“Yeah, I’m disappointed.

I want to play, but it’s health,” Rambo said. “Gotta make sure everything’s healthy.

“I’m confident with it, but I just want to make sure, make fully sure with it. That’s the thing.”

Before this injury happened, the receiver might not have been so grateful just to be this close.

“I have come a long way,” Rambo said. “This injury is a calming and a patient injury. You have to be patient with it. It has calmed me a whole bunch.”

After experiencing soreness while going full out for the first time since he was hurt, Rambo will test and strengthen his knee for another week.

But his mind is already on that game against the Bombers.

“It’ll be my first game,” Rambo said. “I’ll be going out there full, head-first. I’m gonna go out there and try to win the game.”

steve.macfarlane@sunmedia.ca


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