Stampeders' Stevie Baggs big on gettin' back
By WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
|Stampeders defensive lineman Stevie Baggs during practice at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alta., Sept. 10, 2012. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - Stevie Baggs has a pull in his quad muscle and a chip on his shoulder.
One has limited his on-field activity since signing with the Calgary Stampeders three weeks ago.
The other has limited his patience.
“You always want to play right away,” Baggs said. “Especially coming off the season I had last year, which was sub-par for me, personally. I’m excited to get out there and really show I can still play this game at the highest level.
“In this business, you’re only as good as your last play — not even your last game — so you always have something to prove.”
Baggs probably proved a little something during Tuesday’s workout at McMahon Stadium, running full-speed in stints with the Stamps’ starting defensive unit.
Stamps head coach John Hufnagel admitted Baggs caught his attention during the chilly practice session, although it’s too soon to say if Baggs could be added to the active roster for Saturday’s road date with the B.C. Lions (8 p.m., TSN, QR77).
“I think (Wednesday) morning will be an indicator of what type of chance he has for the game,” Hufnagel said. “I was surprised to see him out there and working as much as he did.”
The 30-year-old Baggs is in his seventh CFL campaign. In fact, the Stamps are his fifth team on this side of the border.
The 6-foot-2, 236-lb. pass-rusher has never been short on words or confidence, but for now, he’s quietly going about the business of recovering from an injury that dates back to his training camp audition with the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens.
“I can’t necessarily be the guy that I am — the leader that I am — because it’s hard to lead by just words. You lead by your play first, and then, people will respond to what you say verbally,” Baggs said. “So that’s held me back a little bit from a leadership standpoint, but not camaraderie. I still talk to the guys and converse with them the same way I would if I was playing.
“It’s just my leadership or experience, whatever you want to call it, has been limited because I’m not on the field.”
Soon, he could be.
Stamps SB Nik Lewis skipped Tuesday’s practice due to the flu ... Further testing on OL Edwin Harrison’s knee revealed no additional damage ... The Stamps signed DL Cordarro Law, who attended training camp with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, to their practice roster.