Arthur anxious to return

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:08 AM ET

All the talk about a long-awaited return for the Calgary Stampeders has been centred around Ken-Yon Rambo.

Yet, Rambo’s time on the shelf — just over a year due to a knee injury — is not the longest time away.

Jabari Arthur’s last game was the Grey Cup … in 2008. The Stamps non-import receiver is finally back in action after a tumultuous 20 months.

Arthur, who will turn 28 Monday, is not a youngster, but you can see a youthful excitement from him heading into Saturday’s game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

“I don’t think I’ll be as nervous as a 22-year-old out of college, but I’m very, very excited to get out there again and put the jersey on,” Arthur said. “I’m back where I started. Everything is good.”

Considering how things were, everything is stupendous.

The Akron University graduate missed all of last season due to a foot injury suffered in the pre-season. Despite being injured, he was traded to Winnipeg in a mid-season deal which brought Arjei Franklin and Romby Bryant to Calgary.

However, Arthur suffered another injury in this year’s training camp and was released by the Blue Bombers a couple of weeks ago.

Could there be a little extra motivation facing the former team for which he never played?

“I’m focusing on myself and the Calgary Stampeders, playing with and for my teammates,” said the 6-foot-4, 220-lb. Montreal product. “It doesn’t matter who we’re playing, I’m still going to be excited.

“The only difference is I know a few guys.”

Arthur most likely will see action only on special teams, but at least he’ll be on the field with a chance to talk to some familiar faces, who will have some friendly trash-talk for him.

“I’ll be chirping, too. That’s a given,” Arthur said. “It’ll be fun to talk a bit of trash.”

Arthur has a unique stat. He has more Grey Cup rings — the one collected from his rookie season with the Stampeders — than career CFL receptions.

“Hopefully, it’s going to change in the near future,” Arthur said with a laugh. “But I’d rather have a few Grey Cup rings than a few receptions.”

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca


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