Lumsden expects to make CFL return

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:48 AM ET

Jesse Lumsden was back on a football field Saturday, running around with kids and having a great time.

Whether the running back gets to do the same thing among grown men again in 2010 remains to be seen.

Lumsden was one of the guests at the Henry Burris All-Star Weekend camp at McMahon Stadium, but it could be the final time he sees a CFL field this year.

Lumsden was released this month by the Edmonton Eskimos, and his future is still undetermined, although he said there is interest from a few teams.

“Realistically, looking at it for a while, I believe I will get an opportunity a few weeks into the season,” said the 27-year-old.

“Being released late doesn’t help at all. Teams are set for training camp. But injuries happen in this sport, and I will be waiting to help someone.

“You never know what can happen. I really believe there are good things in my future.”

During the off-season, Lumsden turned his attention to bobsled, and he served as brakeman for decorated pilot Pierre Lueders during the Vancouver Olympics.

“I always believed representing your country is the greatest honour in athletics,” Lumsden said.

“It was a mental rehab for me. For my body, it helped me so much. It got me in a competitive nature and I hadn’t had that for so long.

“I firmly believe it got me more prepared than ever to play football again, mentally and physically.”


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