Stamps' Price getting right

Calgary Stampeders Maurice Price works on his receiving skills despite an ankle injury at practice...

Calgary Stampeders Maurice Price works on his receiving skills despite an ankle injury at practice at McMahon Stadium on June 27,2012. (QMI Agency/STUART DRYDEN)

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:04 PM ET

CALGARY - The way Maurice Price describes his recovery, it sounds like the Evolution of Man timeline.

 

“I went from crutches to the boot to the pool to getting out here and moving around,” Price said.

“The Labour Day rematch is the day. That’s where my eye is set. I feel like I should be ready.

“I did a lot out here (at practice Tuesday). I will only get better with time.”

Price’s first full season with the Calgary Stampeders hasn’t exactly gone as he planned.

The 26-year-old was having an intriguing start to training camp, but things went awry early. He went up for a ball, got tangled with a defender and came down awkwardly, fracturing his ankle.

The Stamps put Price on the nine-game injured list to start the season, meaning he was out for the first half.

Being on the injured list didn’t deter the Charleston Southern product, who first had a practice roster stint with the Stamps in 2009.

While still being stuck in the boot on his ankle, Price was constantly around the practice field. After teammates finished up their work, Price would hobble out to the field, grab a quarterback, sit down on the water jug bench and catch passes.

Even if he couldn’t move laterally, Price was trying to make sure his hands were in shape.

It showed coaches, teammates and the media how anxious he was to be back on the field.

“He’s a warrior,” quarterback Kevin Glenn said. “I’ve seen him inside working out, doing treatment. He’s done a lot of stairs.

“He’s done a lot to get himself back. He’s doing great.”

Price was actually needed a little bit for Tuesday’s practice.

With slotback Nik Lewis and Arjei Franklin taking a day off, along with Anthony Parker and Jabari Arthur also out, the Stamps needed some receivers.

It was a chance for Price and fellow Stampeders newcomer Joe West to work with the first-team offence more than they normally would.

Both Lewis and Franklin are expected to play Saturday against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but Price knows he’s not playing until his time on the injured list is over.

“I can just get there gradually and do more and more every day,” said Price, whose first day running routes was last Wednesday.

“We still have an entire half of a season left.

“In the CFL, the season really gets started in late September and October.

“I have a good chance to make an impact. Teams don’t know about me yet. They haven’t seen me. I feel like I can bust on the scene, show some speed and make things happen.”

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca

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