Stamps back on the field with Eskimos
By GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency
|Eskimos slotback Fred Stamps, shown here at practice earlier this season, is back on the field with the team after sitting out most of the past week's practices while recovering from last Friday's game against the Alouettes. (QMI Agency file)
EDMONTON - After having nothing but time on his hands all week, Fred Stamps was ready to get his hands on some passes.
The Edmonton Eskimos slotback practised for the first time on Friday after being forced to watch from the sidelines by coaches who wanted his body to recuperate after taking some punishing hits against the Montreal Aloeuttes a week earlier.
"He's like the Timex watch (from) when we were younger. You throw them around and it keeps ticking," said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. "Fred is one of those guys who loves football and will sacrifice his body for a football team, so I respect the way he plays this game."
The fact that Stamps leads the Eskimos with 28 receptions for 356 yards to go with a touchdown doesn't hurt, either.
With numbers that place him 15th overall among CFL receivers heading into this week's slate, the Eskimos will be happy to have him back in the lineup against the Toronto Argonauts on Monday (5:30 p.m., TSN, 630 CHED).
"(Friday) was his first day back, his legs looked refreshed, he made a lot of catches," said Reed. "We tested him on a lot of deep balls to make certain the soreness is gone and he's ready to play."
But there was never a question of whether or not he would play this week.
"It's up to coach Kavis. That's the head man, he makes all the calls," Stamps said. "He told me to sit down and take care of my body, and that's what I've done.
"It feels good to run around and get a little piece of the offence. My body feels much better, I'll tell you that. I have my legs under me and I feel a little faster today."