|Cory Boyd was back practising with the Eskimos Tuesday at Commonwealth Stadium. (Perry Mah, Edmonton Sun)
EDMONTON - True to his position, Cory Boyd came running back to Edmonton on Tuesday.
After rejoining the Eskimos on the weekend Ñ just nine days after being released due to salary cap constraints Ñ Boyd was practising on the field at Commonwealth Stadium looking like he never left.
"The familiarity is definitely going to play to our advantage," said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed.
"Hopefully we won't have to go through the learning curve anymore. There's not really anything new we've implemented over the last 10 days since he was last with us."
With starter Hugh Charles injuring his knee last Friday against the B.C. Lions, the Eskimos were left with both the need and the room to bring back an overjoyed Boyd.
"It was only two months and some change left that I had in this season, and once I got released, my hopes, dreams and expectations of myself went down the drain," said Boyd, who was initially picked up by the Eskimos back in August, following a surprise departure from the Toronto Argonauts.
Boyd had been leading the league in rushing yards at the time.
"I went home, I felt like I let myself down, I let my community down, I let my family down."
But he wasn't about to let down an Eskimos team in need.
"Once I got that call again, it was like, ÔWow,' " Boyd said. "I was just happy to get up, get dressed and pack my bag.
"Actually, it wasn't even unpacked."
And now that he's back, Boyd is looking to make the most of his second Ñ make that third Ñ chance.
"The timeline is now or never," he said. "I don't know what Hugh's injury is or how serious it is, all I know is I've just got to go out there and play."