Itís been a hurry-up-and-wait sort of off-season for Jerome Messam.
The Edmonton Eskimos star running back has fully recovered from a knee injury that spelt a premature end to his playoff run, but he still hasnít been able to pursue a set or workouts lined up with a couple of NFL clubs.
Both the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins are reportedly waiting patiently to get a look at the six-foot-three, 245-pounder ó who became the first Canadian to rush for 1,000 yards in a CFL season since 2000.
Unfortunately for Messam, who earned 1,149 ground-and-pound yards in 2011, he tweaked a calf muscle during the rehabilitation process that followed surgery at the end of the season to repair the torn meniscus suffered in a West semifinal against the Calgary Stampeders.
While Messam is spending the off-season in Vancouver, he was back in Edmonton on Friday to follow up with some treatment at Commonwealth Stadium.
ďIíll be all right playing football next season,Ē Messam said. ďWhether itís up here or down there, Iíll be all right.Ē
While he doesnít want to miss his window of opportunity in the NFL for the upcoming season, Messam said he doesnít want to push his body too fast in the short term and risk affecting his ability to play down the road.