Practice makes perfect

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:50 AM ET

Although the Eskimos have nine practices on their schedule in the next five days, you won't hear Brent Hafford complain.

After failing his physical last Saturday, the import defensive back has finally received a passing grade and was allowed to practise for the first time yesterday.

"I know it may sound crazy, but getting tired is a good thing," said Hafford, who's thrilled to be off the sidelines.

Initially announced as a sinus problem, Hafford was actually kept off the field because of concerns about a substance in his blood system.

"The creatine levels in my blood were too high," said Hafford.

Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid that helps supply energy to muscle cells.

But there is plenty of debate about the safety of athletes with high levels of creatine in their system.

AT CLARKE PARK TODAY: Practice 1 - 7:50-9:30 a.m.; Practice 2 - 9:50-11:35 a.m.


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