EDMONTON - Last Sunday’s preseason game against the B.C. Lions was Braidwood’s first CFL competition since 2007.
And it could also be the last for the foreseeable future if he isn’t able to climb off the practice roster.
“I played well in the game,” said Braidwood, who was used sparingly, seeing most of his action in the fourth quarter. “The snaps that I did get I was making plays.”
Besides, there are worse places to be than the practice roster, where a player can be called up at any time.
“It’s just a numbers thing, we’ve got a lot of guys and we’ve got a lot of guys who are hurt right now,” Braidwood said.
Several guys hurt
“If we didn’t have so many guys hurt, I’d probably be on the IR (injured reserve) they said.”
Players placed on injured reserve must sit out a certain amount of time.
“It’s definitely not performance-based,” Braidwood said of his demotion.
“They know I’m a team guy and they know they can put me on the PR (practice roster). A lot of guys would just either walk away from it or try to go to another team.”
But it’s hardly been the best thing to ever happen to him.
“I was disappointed,” said Braidwood.
“It sucks that I won’t be able to take reps with the starters. In this game, you can control your destiny so long as I get to come out and practise and can show them that I’ll be ready to play soon enough.
“I think I’m closer than everybody thinks. If I were to go out there and play tomorrow, I don’t think anybody would say: ‘What is he doing out there?’ ” Braidwood said. “I am ready to play, but there are four guys ahead of me that think the same thing.
“I have to try to earn my way back into that starting spot.”