Now Brady's talkin' about coming back

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

It appears Donald Brady is about to return to the Edmonton Eskimos - again.

In another strange twist to the Green and Gold's season, head coach Danny Maciocia contacted Brady in New York yesterday and laid the groundwork for the defensive back's return this week.

"I should be out there Wednesday," Brady told the Sun late yesterday.

"I never thought it would work out (this way).

"But it's cool. I'm real excited."

Although he was coming off a West Division all-star selection last year, Brady was cut early this season after suffering a rib injury.

The Esks felt they were better served with a defensive backfield that included veterans Keyuo Craver, Malcolm Frank and Shannon Garrett along with newcomer Reggie Durden and promising CFL rookies Jonte Buhl and Roosevelt Williams.

But at times through the first half of the season the backfield was victimized by horrific big plays, including a 100-yard last-second game-winning TD strike to Milt Stegall and a 92-yard TD to Geroy Simon.

While Brady still needs to put pen to paper on a new contract - meaning his return isn't official or completely guaranteed - the confident 32-year-old import believes he could be ready to join the active roster on Labour Day against the Calgary Stampeders.

"I can play," he said without a second of hesitation. "I've probably been working harder than some people (on other teams)."

If Brady is activated this week or for the Calgary rematch in Edmonton on Sept. 8, Maciocia will have to juggle his 42-man roster. A healthy Brady in the mix would mean nine defensive backs in the Edmonton camp for five positions.


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