January 20, 2012
Wait goes on for Messam
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
It’s 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 hasn’t 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 — 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.
“I’ll be all right playing football next season,” Messam said. “Whether it’s up here or down there, I’ll be all right.”
While he doesn’t want to miss his window of opportunity in the NFL for the upcoming season, Messam said he doesn’t want to push his body too fast in the short term and risk affecting his ability to play down the road.