Watching painful for Esks' Messam

Edmonton Eskimo Jerome Messam lays on the field after being hit by a Calgary Stampeder during the...

Edmonton Eskimo Jerome Messam lays on the field after being hit by a Calgary Stampeder during the CFL Western semifinal at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta on November 13, 2011. (AMBER BRACKEN/QMI AGENCY)

Derek Van Diest, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

EDMONTON - For Jarome Messam, it was a tough game to watch.

The Edmonton Eskimos running back felt helpless sitting at home nursing a knee injury as his team fell 40-23 to the B.C. Lions in Sunday’s CFL West final.

“Just the fact that I couldn’t be out there to help my team was tough,” Messam said. “I’m a competitor and I wanted to go out there and give it a shot. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way, I had to watch it from home. It was heartbreaking.”

Messam was injured in the Eskimos victory over the Calgary Stampeders last week, getting chopped by defensive back Demetrice Morley.

He had surgery to repair torn meniscus and clean up cartilage in his left knee.

“Surgery was a success, I feel a lot better, there’s a lot of relief in my knee and it’s all in all good,” Messam said. “I’ll start rehab (Monday), I’ll see what the doctors say as far as when I can start training and start running again.”

Acquired by the Eskimos early in the year after a falling out with the Lions, Messam went on to have an outstanding season, rushing for more than 1,000 yards, being named a CFL all-star and the West nominee as outstanding Canadian.

“It was a great season, a great turnaround coming here,” Messam said. “It was a great coaching staff and a great group of guys that they brought in. There were a lot of character guys. We believed in each other and that showed in our success throughout the season.”

Messam hopes to be back next year, although he will work out for some NFL teams this off-season.

“I’ll have some options, I can’t really say too much what I’m going to do,” he said. “I definitely want to be an Eskimo, I had a great season, and I enjoyed playing here. We’ll see what happens.”

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