Long road back from infirmary

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

Fortunately for the Edmonton Eskimos, Mike Bradley and Taylor Inglis aren't experiencing the same nightmare that has encompassed Steven Marsh's life.

While all three players are coming off major surgery to repair a torn ACL, Bradley and Inglis are working on a schedule that will hopefully have them ready for the start of the regular season on June 17.

Marsh - on the other hand - still can't run and could miss at least half of the season.

"I guess I was one of the fortunate ones because there were no complications with my surgery," said Bradley.

"I feel like (my right knee) is pretty strong and I am not concerned about going into camp (next weekend)."

Bradley - a valuable non-import special teams demon and back-up running back - tore the ACL and damaged the MCL in his right knee at Rogers Centre in Toronto last October.

Inglis - the starting long-snapper - ripped apart the ACL in his right knee in the West semifinal in Calgary.

"I am not quite 100% but we will be working on it through camp," said Inglis.

"I am supposed to play in the second exhibition game and hopefully I will be 100% for the first (regular)-season game."

Sitting out the first preseason game in Regina - likely leaving the long-snapping duties to Deitan Dubuc or Mike Maurer - is probably a wise move.

"They still have their artificial turf (not field turf) in Saskatchewan and that is what did it to me the first time - playing on Calgary's (artificial) turf," continued Inglis.

Marsh is still stuck in Alabama on an extensive rehab schedule because scar tissue developed around his left knee.

Inglis and Bradley don't have that problem.

"But I had a blot clot in February and I had to have blood thinner injections for a couple of weeks," remarked Inglis. "It slowed me down, but overall, it wasn't a big deal."

However, the local sophomore product already knows he will have to wear a brace for the entire 2006 season.

"It's a 12-month rehab (for this injury) and my ACL is not going to be what it was for a whole year, but it is playable," he said.


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