Peterson's Achilles heel-ing

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

Kamau Peterson's Achilles tendon proved to be his Achilles heel this season.

The Edmonton Eskimos slotback returned to practice for the first time since being put on the nine-game injured list in Week 3 due to a tear in the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel.

"He comes off the nine-game (injured list) on Saturday, so he is eligible (to play)," said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. "This was the first time he ran around out there. He felt good, the biggest thing is how is it going to be tomorrow? So it's just kind of wait-and- see."

Just don't expect Peterson to rush back for the sake of being back.

"We're probably more day-to- day than game-to-game now," said Peterson. "For me, it's been a long time coming, but at the same time once I get back in I don't want to be coming back out.

"I've got to make sure that it's ready to go and I've got to be myself again. I haven't been myself since '08."

The 10-year veteran had a career season in 2008, earning his second 1,000-yard-receiving season in a row on his way to becoming a West Division all-star and the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian.

His productivity plum-meted last season, coinciding with the Achilles injury that wasn't diagnosed until this year.

"I told myself when I came out I'm not coming back until I can be me again," said Peterson, who refused to speak about being on the nine-game injured list until he got off of it. "Officially, I think I'm off this week. So I just figured I'd be as little a distraction as possible.

"The guys were going through enough, but it's a process for me to get back out there. But it's good to just be running again, that's for sure."

Peterson said he doesn't expect to play Sunday against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"That decision hasn't been made yet," he said. "I'm excited just to be able to practise a little bit."


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