Achilles didn't hobble Esks’ Peterson

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 PM ET

HAMILTON — Kamau Peterson has had plenty of time to reflect — 11 weeks to be exact.

In his 10 years as a CFL pro, Peterson missed a game here or there but has been a pretty durable performer.

Amazing, really, that he produced 788 yards in 2009 while playing with an undetected achilles tear.

Peterson returns to the lineup Friday night at Ivor Wynne Stadium with the knowledge he’s lucky his career is still intact.

“The last 11 weeks I’ve been off, it’s really been weighting heavily on my mind,” said Peterson. “All the what-ifs. What if I was able to make a more informed decision? Then I wouldn’t have had to miss as much time. You just play the hand you’re dealt and try to make the best of it now.”

There’s always the what-if danger of a minor injury magnifying into something much more serious.

“Especially once I got that second tear,” said Peterson. “I could have ruptured it at any time. You never know once your rupture it. I guess I was lucky enough just to get away with the partial tear. They were able to heal on their own and they continue to heal.”

That means he’s still not 100%. Even though the healing may have been enough to get him into the lineup when he came off the nine-game injured list last week, a coach’s decision kept him out again.

“Looks like I’ll make a full recovery from it,” said Peterson. “I do remember when a ruptured achilles was a career-ender. Believe me, I was nervous.”

Having time to reflect after an injury-free career has given him a greater appreciation of the little things.

“Just being able to walk and run is a great thing,” Peterson said. “I used to hate running.”

Peterson hits the ground running with an offence that has found its rhythm after some serious early-season struggles.

Even though head coach Richie Hall held Peterson back last week, there may have been a method to his slow-release technique of putting guys into the lineup coming off the injured list.

“He’s experienced, he’s performed at a high level and he’s fresh,” said Hall. “You know, he’s hungry to get back.

“Elliott Richardson was hungry to come back, Greg Peach. As the season progresses, these guys that have been out for an extended period of time come back with that vigour.

“They come back with a little p**s in their urine. You like that.”

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


Videos

Photos