Stamps ready to hammer defence with Martell Mallet

The Stampeders will send out running back Martell Mallett this week against his former team, the...

The Stampeders will send out running back Martell Mallett this week against his former team, the Lions. (Darren Makowichuk/QMI Agency)

SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

CALGARY - Martell Mallett hasn’t carried a football in nearly five years.

At least not in a game.

But he’ll likely see the CFL pigskin Friday night when the B.C. Lions visit McMahon Stadium (8 p.m., TSN, News Talk 770).

Mallett will come off the practice roster to share the backfield with Jock Sanders when the Stamps put their 4-0 record on the line.

“It’s been awhile,” Mallett said. “There’s been ups and downs, but I’ve stayed persistent and stuck with it.”

When the 28-year-old steps on the field Friday, he’ll be facing his old team.

Mallet rushed for 1,240 yards with the Leos in 2009 when he was named CFL rookie of the year.

After unsuccessful NFL stops with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants, he returned north of the border but tore his Achilles tendon in training camp with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2012 and hasn’t played a game since.

But he insists he’s finally good to go.


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