Braidwood back in the game

GERRY MODDENJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:39 PM ET

Adam Braidwood was back in an Edmonton Eskimos jersey for the first time in two years last Sunday.

The defensive lineman was played sparingly in a 36-32 victory over the B.C. Lions at Empire Field, as he eases back from a long and arduous battle with a knee injury.

“I felt pretty good in there. It felt like I was competing against their starters and I got a couple hits on the quarterback,” he said. “I wasn’t really hesitating, I was just going and I was just having fun.”

Although the six-foot-four, 270-pound Delta, B.C., native was held off the stats sheet except for an offside call, he was able to put pressure on the quarterback.

He was in on a sack by teammate Larry Birdine on Lions quarterback Travis Lulay late in the fourth quarter with the game on the line.

“We got to him,” Braidwood said. “Our second D-line was obviously pretty fresh in the second half. We came out and that’s going to happen, but it just kind of shows the talent and that these guys are professionals.

“A lot of guys who maybe don’t have experience would come out in the second half and be tight and be nervous and not really perform. We just kind of came out, that’s a tribute to working hard in training camp and having good coaching.

“We went out there and we were firing on all cylinders. Nobody was hesitating.”

Not even Braidwood, although you couldn’t blame him if he had been a little hesitant while testing his rehabilitated knee for the first time in a game situation.

“I got cut blocked, I hit the ground, I was in a pile,” Braidwood said. “Everything that could happen in a football game happened, so I’m not really too worried about it.”


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