Esks' Bailey honoured to be back

Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:02 PM ET

One week ago, C.J. Bailey didn’t even have a job in football.

Now, not only is he back with the Edmonton Eskimos after being a late cut in training camp, but the cornerback will be making his professional debut in Monday’s Labour Day Classic.

“It’s a blessing, man,” Bailey said. “It’s good to be back and be part of the team again.”

It doesn’t hurt having some familiarity with the Eskimos secondary, either, considering starting corners Rod Williams and Jykine Bradley are both out with hamstring injuries.

It’s nice to be wanted, especially after the disappointment of getting released in June.

“They wanted to try some other things and they had some veteran guys in,” said the Mississippi native. “Everything worked out in my favour, though.

“I had a chance to go home and spend time with my family and my son, and I kept training.”

The Eskimos told him that if they got in a jam, they’d give him a call.

Fast forward two months and things aren’t going right for the Esks, who lost their last three games — along with a host of receivers.

Now it looks like those injury woes have crossed the line of scrimmage into the secondary, where Bailey has been taking first-team reps since returning on Wednesday.

“It’s been an honour,” Bailey said.

“They pulled me in like I’m family, like I never left. It felt like I had been here the whole time.

“It’s exciting for me. I played college ball last year, so this is my first professional game.”

Now, instead of just getting updates sent to his phone to keep track of how the team is doing, Bailey is making the updates.

“I was waiting on a call from the NFL, too,” he said. “I had to make a decision if I wanted to wait on them or come on home here.

“And I decided to come back here.”

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