Mills thrilled

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

Troy Mills is thrilled to be rejoining the defending Grey Cup champion Edmonton Eskimos.

The 11-year CFL veteran is slated to arrive in town late Thursday and will be back on the practice field Friday afternoon.

"I can't wait," chuckled the 38-year-old Mills from his home in Sacramento, California, yesterday. "Well, I shouldn't say that because I'm going to have to adjust to the cold."

Mills suffered a broken left leg and torn ankle ligaments in the Green and Gold's inaugural pre-season game at Regina's Taylor Field on May 30.

Despite an almost complete recovery from his injuries, Mills won't dress for Sunday afternoon's Western Division semifinal tilt versus the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"I have to get back into the swing of things," said Mills. "I have to get the plays back down and get my timing down again. I don't want to hurt the team, plus I'll miss a couple of days of practice."

Esks head coach Tom Higgins is pleased to have Mills back in the fold as the team heads down the Grey Cup trail.

"He's a good locker-room guy, he's got a lot of experience and it will be nice just to have him back around," Higgins said. "He could possibly be available afterwards if we're successful (against the Riders)."

Mills says it's unlikely he'd log any playing time were the Esks to advance to the Nov. 14 divisional final at B.C. Place Stadium. The Grey Cup game at Ottawa's Frank Clair Stadium could be another matter.


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