Steeves finally in action

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 12:15 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- The rocky road is starting to become a little smoother for Jeremy Steeves.

After battling back from two significant injuries, the Edmonton Eskimo rookie will play in his first-ever CFL regular season game tomorrow.

"I knew it would happen. It was just kind of when, not if," said Steeves.

The non-import safety suffered a torn bicep during his first day of training camp with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2005. Sent back to the CIS, he hurt his ankle later in the year, requiring surgery.

Out of football last year, he decided to attend an Eskimo tryout camp in Cincinnati early this spring.

Ironically, he had spoken to both Winnipeg and Edmonton about the possibility of playing this year. Both teams were holding tryout camps on the same day in May in the American city, but Steeves chose the Eskimos.

Now he faces the Bombers tomorrow, playing on punt and kickoff returns.

"He could have quit a long time ago," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia, clearly impressed with his recruit's determination.

SHORT HITS

Steeves comes on the roster because Kevin Lefsrud is off with a concussion ... It has now been revealed that receiver Pat Woodcock is suffering from an MCL sprain on one knee. "The last catch I had in the game (last Friday) a guy dove and kind of hit the outside of my knee," said Woodcock. "(My) foot stuck in the ground a little bit." He is hoping to be out only one or two weeks ... Winnipeg will be missing receiver Derick Armstrong tomorrow.

FINISH LINES

Maciocia has an interesting take on Milt Stegall's pursuit of the all-time CFL regular-season touchdown record. One major tomorrow sets a new mark.

"It wouldn't be bad if he can set the record and we can win the football game," he said. "At least I can say I witnessed it live - I sat there and watched it happen."


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