Better late than never

GERRY PRINCE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

Tay Cody was a no-show at training camp but the former NFLer, finally turned up in the Edmonton Eskimos locker-room yesterday.

After inking Cody in March, the Green and Gold brass fully expected the 27-year-old would report for camp until they got a call telling them otherwise.

"Something with my wife came up and it was a serious matter," offered the five-foot-nine, 180-pound defender. "But that's behind us. I'm excited to be here and I'm going to try and make the most of it."

Surprisingly, the San Diego Chargers' third-round pick out of Florida State University in 2001 wasn't among strangers when he crossed the threshold of the Esks' dressing room.

Both receiver Trevor Gaylor and cornerback Davis Sanchez were teammates of Cody during his three-year stint with San Diego.

"Coming in with a couple of guys I know, that's been helpful," smiled Cody. "It gives me somebody to hang out with."

Although Sanchez is doubtful for Thursday's game versus the Ottawa Renegade, it's unlikely Cody will be in the lineup this week.

"It's not like there's any panic to make any changes," offered Esks rookie head coach Danny Maciocia yesterday. "I understand we do have the injury but we also have some people here that understand the system.

"Cody is new to the system and a year removed from playing.

He's a very good defensive back. We'll see where we're at with him in the next little while."

In San Diego, Sanchez found himself playing behind Cody. Assuming Cody takes to the Canadian game and elects to stick around, he could find himself playing behind Sanchez.

However, the jury is out on where the Esks' coaching staff views Cody as the best fit.

"It doesn't matter," said Cody, who was cut by the Chargers in 2003 and sat out last season. "I've got experience playing inside and outside. Wherever the coaches decide to put me, I'm just going to go out and do my job and see how things work out."

LATE HITS: Running back Mike Bradley was an interested bystander yesterday. Bradley suffered a knee injury versus Montreal in Week 3 and is likely a scratch again this week.


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