Season cut short

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Instead of a season, he faces a scalpel.

Amar Sanghera was pumped about his sophomore campaign with the Edmonton Eskimos, but there won't be one after he failed his medical and was released Saturday by the team that took the former UBC Thunderbird ninth overall in the 2003 Canadian college draft.

When the Esks hit the field for the first day of training camp yesterday, the six-foot-five, 315-pound offensive lineman was on the outside looking in, standing in the shadows on the sidelines and contemplating surgery on the right shoulder that's derailed his CFL career.

It's a huge disappointment for the big man.

"You can't even imagine," Sanghera said.

"I was physically ready, except for my shoulder. Conditioning-wise and mentally, I was ready to go. I know the system now. I knew what to expect."

Sanghera, 25, had an MRI last Friday and it revealed torn ligaments in the shoulder, which he originally injured three years ago at UBC and, apparently, damaged again preparing for his second camp with the Esks.

"It got bad this off-season," he said. "I've always worked through it with physiotherapy, but it's to the point now where I don't have any strength in it. I can't do anything about it right now."

A CIS-West all-star with UBC in 2003, who saw action in just one game with the Esks last season, Sanghera will drive home to Vancouver this week and says it's likely he'll return to Edmonton to have the surgery done.

"I'll have the surgery and do my rehab in Vancouver," said Sanghera, who is now a free agent. "Hopefully, the team will bring me back and reassess me and see where it's at.

"It was probably a month before camp when I felt that it was getting worse. In the weight room, it was starting to give out on me. It's wear and tear. It's deteriorated to a point where there's no way I can play unless I get surgery. I hope I can get another shot here."


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