He who laughs last, laughs best. And Jason Maas appears to be having the last laugh over rumours his surgically-repaired right shoulder is nowhere near up to snuff at this point.
The Edmonton Eskimos starting quarterback tested his arm in the gym by throwing to a member of the team's training staff yesterday and is pleased with the results.
"I've been tossing the ball around a bit the past couple of months, but today was the first time that I've thrown more than 10 or 15 yards," said Maas, who had surgery to repair two tears in his labrum back on Dec. 2. "I was kind of putting a little more heat on the ball and it felt fine."
In most cases, doctors suggest it takes six months to recover from an operation like the one performed on Maas.
The 29-year-old has been assured he's healing as expected. "They think I'm just perfectly fine," said Maas. "I think I'll be throwing routes and actually the ball really well by May 1. And I think by then I should be able to throw basically every route in our offence."
Esks' rookie head coach Danny Maciocia concedes it could be nip and tuck as far as Maas being ready when training camp opens May 29.
Maciocia, however, is reluctant to underestimate Maas' grit and determination. "He's not your average guy."
As for the speculation he is rumoured to be facing yet more surgery, Maas can only chuckle.