Stamps' Harrison itching for action
By SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency
|Calgary Stampeders' Edwin Harrison is looking to return to the line this Friday against the Edmonton Eskimos, at practices in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday September 5, 2012. (AL CHAREST/QMI AGENCY)
He could have taken the week off.
But Edwin Harrison was determined to get back on the field.
The Calgary Stampeders offensive tackle has been in and out of the lineup while dealing with a knee issue.
And considering the nasty conditions at McMahon Stadium this week, it would be easy to forgive a guy if he elected to give his leg another week to heal. But with the playoffs just around the corner, Harrison wants to play.
“I want to be careful, but at this point in the year, I feel we need to be playing our best football, and I need to be playing my best football,” Harrison said.
“Right now, I’d do anything for this football team just to get a win.”
The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder proclaimed himself healthy enough to take on the B.C. Lions Friday night.
“The knee has been feeling good,” Harrison said. “I had a good week of practice. I’m just really happy to be back out there with my teammates.
“You’re never promised one game to the next, so it truly is a blessing for me.”
Slick field conditions might not be the best environment for a player dealing with a bad knee, but the 27-year-old said the turf looks to be in good shape.
“The footing is pretty good,” he said. “This is the best the field has looked since we started practice this week.
“On Day 1 (Tuesday), it was a bit messy, so the grounds crew has done a great job at McMahon.”
With the game rendered meaningless in the standings, Harrison said it’s an opportunity for the Red & White to show the Lions they won’t be able to coast to a Grey Cup berth.
“This is a game we’re looking forward to because B.C. is a championship group from top to bottom,” he said.
“They really don’t have any weaknesses. You saw the other quarterback come in when (Travis) Lulay went down and he stepped up and did an awesome job.
“When we play B.C., it lets us know where we are as a football team and how competitive we need to be. We have to be at our best to even have a chance to compete with them.
“It may not mean as much in the standings as it does to us for our sense of pride.
I think B.C. has gotten the better of us the last two times we’ve faced them.
“Every man on this team knows we need to come out and show them, and more importantly ourselves, that we can be a championship team just like they are.”