With the premature arrival of daughter Logan, Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Joe Montford has already had a busy week.
The birth was roughly seven weeks premature but both mother and daughter are doing fine, according to the multiple winner of the CFL's most outstanding defensive player award.
"She's pretty big to be early," offered Montford, who didn't head to Ottawa with the club last week and arrived a day later instead. "She's almost five pounds. She's early but at the same time she'd have probably been a nine-pound baby at full term. Now I've got three women in the house, it's going to be a tough task."
Montford and the Esks host the winless Hamilton Tiger-Cats Saturday. The game marks the first meeting between Montford and his former teammates.
Coming off a winning season and a post-season berth in 2004, Hamilton's woeful 0-4-0 start has the sack-happy defensive end feeling sorry for his old club. But not that sorry.
"You've got friends that you've been pretty much brothers with and you don't want to see them going through the things they've been going through," he said. "At the same time, they're our next opponent and you want to get the win against them."
KHARI ON MR. JONES: Well-travelled pivot Khari Jones has landed in Hamilton, but Esks head coach Danny Maciocia doesn't anticipate Hamilton using the veteran this week - other than in an emergency.
"I'm extremely happy for him," Maciocia said. "He's a class act. I'm glad I had the opportunity to work with him for three weeks. I just hope he gets their offence down in the next couple of weeks and not within the week."
THE HURT PARADE: RB Mike Bradley (knee), OL Glen Carson (shoulder) and WR Ed Hervey (hip flexor) were all back on the practice field yesterday.
CB Davis Sanchez (hamstring) took the field but was back on the sidelines shortly after practice began and may be doubtful for Saturday. Hervey could also be a question mark.
Receiver Chris Kelley has already been declared a scratch by Maciocia. The 23-year-old is on the one-game injured list.