Amos ailing again

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:10 PM ET

It was the same time, and almost the same place.

Last year, Edmonton Eskimos defensive back Willie Amos injured his shoulder in a preseason game in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions, which forced him to miss the entire regular season.

This week, while preparing to return to B.C. to close out the 2010 exhibition schedule, Amos likely won't be making a triumphant return.

"I was looking forward to just playing a game, not necessarily going in there trying to set a mark or something," said the third-year CFLer who was traded by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in training camp last season for import offensive lineman Thaddeus Coleman.

After injuring his hamstring in practice on Thursday, Amos didn't participate in drills on Friday and wasn't sure if he'd be making the trip this weekend.

"I can't really say right now, it's hard to tell," Amos said. "I'm just doing all I can to get back as soon as possible.

"Things happen. There are challenges, you just overcome them."

Fortunately, Amos doesn't expect it will take nearly as long to overcome his current injury as last year's did.

"I had actually torn my labrum, it's totally different," Amos said. "Although things happen like that, you've just got to do what you can to get back on the field."

Although he didn't get on it much last year, Amos didn't stray too far from the field either, showing up for practices even if it was to just work out on his own.

"Really, a lot of it was through the grace of God, pretty much," Amos said. "What I was seeing on the field was that a lot of guys were going down in the back end. I didn't have to come out and practice, I could have easily said: 'I'm done. I'm going to get my shoulder fixed.'"

Instead, Amos stuck around in case his team needed to call upon him.

"I saw that guys were going down and I was willing to sacrifice my body," he said. "Also, I wanted to hone in on my craft as a cornerback because there were still a lot of things I wanted to learn from it.

"That's what I did during practice. I tried to refine as much as I could and apparently they saw something that they like."

He was able to show them a little more last Sunday against the Calgary Stampeders.

"It was a lot of fun. It wasn't necessarily taxing," said Amos.

Although the same can't be said for dealing with injury, he's not the type to let it get to him.

"Frustration, if you let it get to you, can be a negative thing, which will make you heal slower," said Amos, who plans to study other positions throughout the secondary while undergoing physiotherapy.

"The mental game is most important in football. Like I was telling one of my teammates the other day: 'I respect your mental game. Though you may not be the fastest player on the team, you run a 4.2 (second 40-yard sprint) in your head.'"


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