Goldie's big Secret

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:45 AM ET

At least Ron McClendon hasn't lost his sense of humour.

When asked about the extent of his leg injury after yesterday's training camp practice at Clarke Field, McClendon responded: "Amputation."

All joking aside, the Eskimos' projected No. 1 running back is going to miss tomorrow's final pre-season game against the B.C. Lions with a strained hamstring.

The goal is to have him ready for practice on Sunday in advance of next Thursday's regular season opener.

"I caught a pass (on Monday) and Siddeeq Shabazz actually pushed me in the back and I was trying to keep my balance and kind of over-extended a little bit," said McClendon, explaining how the injury happened.

After biding his time last year for a shot at the starting job, the 26-year-old import was understandably scared the moment the injury happened.

"I was like: 'Oh my God. This is all I need,'" recalled McClendon.

But from the initial scare, the power of positive thinking has taken over.

"I have been reading this book called The Secret.

"You guys need to get that book - it is about being positive," he explained.

"A perfect example is (offensive lineman Patrick) Kabongo.

"They said Kabongo would be out two weeks (when he got hurt earlier in camp). Pat missed like three days of practice and he was back."

In an offence that appears to be suited to McClendon's style of shifty cutbacks, he can hardly wait to get back to practice on Sunday, when he will likely retain his No. 1 spot on the depth chart.

"This offence is amazing," he said.

"To me, I see this offence exactly kind of like Sean Payton's (with) the New Orleans Saints. He had the screens to the running backs and a back like myself (is) good in space.

"This offence definitely gets you in space. I am excited about it."


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