Glatt may sit homecoming

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:13 PM ET

His homecoming will have to wait, but it may not be long.

Injury will likely mean Edmonton Eskimos linebacker Javier Glatt won't make the journey to Vancouver for Sunday's exhibition game against the B.C. Lions -- the team he spent his first seven years in the CFL with.

But there's a good chance he'll be ready to go in the very next game, when the two teams meet in the season-opener at Commonwealth Stadium on July 4.

"Unfortunately, I'm kind of nicked up right now, it's not super serious but it's frustrating at the same time. I'm just kind of working day to day," said Glatt, whose older brother J.P. Izquierdo won the Grey Cup with the Eskimos in 1993. "I would love to try it, but it's the big picture.

"Even though it's a big deal for me as an individual, no one is bigger than the team and I think what's best for the team -- as far as what the coaches and training staff have told me -- is to try to get healthy and try to help the team in the season."

Even if he's not ready by Week 1, Glatt has two more chances to face his former team on July 30 at home or on the road Oct. 16.

"It's going to be fun," he said. "Before (the injury), when I was playing I told all my friends not to call me or talk to me or text me before the game. Now that I'm not playing, I'll probably be a lot more relaxed and be able to say 'hi' to guys and stuff.

"Definitely, that first time I get to play them for real, there's no friendly hello or anything before the game, I'll tell you that. It's all business and I'm wearing Green and Gold and I'm proud to be here now."

Edmonton, Glatt said, is a jump start as the veteran gets acquainted with a new team for the first time in his professional career.

"It's been a real exciting experience for me just starting fresh," Glatt said. "I was very comfortable in one place for a long time and it definitely felt like being a rookie again: staying in the hotel, meeting guys and stuff.

"Honestly, I've been having a blast."

But the adjustment hasn't been without its challenges.

"Obviously, these coaches have seen me over the years as an opponent. It's one thing to play against someone, it's another to see them day in and day out," Glatt said.

"I looked at that as a great challenge and a really exciting experience to show my skills to a new set of coaches, a new mindset, fit into a different scheme.

"I felt good about how things are going."

At least, until the injury, anyway.

"This is the first time in my whole career I haven't finished training camp," Glatt said. "It's new to me and frustrating, but at the same time, I'm in a better place mentally now in my life.

"I'm older, I'm more experienced. I understand the big picture. Bodies heal and when I get healed I'll be out there flying around."


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