Dog days of summer

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Donald Brady has arrived in Edmonton - but he's still waiting to officially rejoin the Eskimos.

The 2005 all-star halfback was supposed to receive medical clearance from Eskimo staff yesterday, but for some apparently non-alarming reason, that has been delayed until today.

Cut by the Eskimos in mid-June after suffering a rib injury in the final preseason game, Brady declared he was fit to play last weekend when he revealed he was returning to the Green and Gold at the coaching staff's request.

But the delay in his medical yesterday might have given Brady more time to bargain with linebacker and close friend A.J. Gass for the return of his Boxer dog Keda.

When Brady left Edmonton four weeks ago, he left his dog in Gass' care.

"I told him I would fight (for) custody of his dog," joked Gass earlier this week.

"I warned him already. I have a lawyer in hand.

"I am not ready to let go of the poor little guy."

Gass and his wife actually have two small dogs of their own - and while's he's unsure of the proper spelling of Keda's name, Gass is impressed with the dog's intelligence level.

"The other day (my) little dogs got out - broke down four boards in the fence - our dogs are running loose to the city and Donny's dog is sitting on the porch waiting for us to come home," recalled Gass.

Keda hasn't made friends with everyone in Gass's house, as rookie defensive end Adam Braidwood gets a barking earful at times.

"But Adam tried to make peace with him by taking him for walks," chuckled Gass, "to settle him down a little bit."

But in all seriousness, Gass is happy Brady has returned to Edmonton with the intention of playing in the second half of the season.

"I think it will give us a pretty big lift around here (because) of his attitude and personality," continued the linebacker.

"But like me, he still has to put on the pads and shake off some rust."


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