Dominique Dorsey doesn’t want to think about what could have been, but it would be hard to blame the guy if that’s exactly what he did.
The special teams wizard re-joined the Argonauts yesterday, 10 days after he was both cut by the Washington Redskins and promised by the NFL club they would put him on their practice roster. When Dorsey showed up the day after he was released to sign practice roster papers, the Redskins had changed their mind.
“They said one thing and did another, and it happens like that sometimes,” Dorsey said. “Unfortunately, it happened to me.
“They lost out, and I’m here now. It’s good. I’m happy to be back.”
Dorsey, who was named the CFL’s most outstanding special teams player last season, will return kicks and punts in B.C. on Saturday night against the Lions. But it will be a while before the 5-foot-7, 170-pound speedster lines up at running back.
“The return part is pretty simple, and that’s where we will start and go from there,” head coach Bart Andrus said. “It’s what we have been waiting for. It’s going to be interesting to see how our return teams pick up now. All indications are we will be a great threat there.”
A 10-day window for Dorsey to sign with an NFL club closed yesterday afternoon, but he knew on Monday he would be returning to the Argos. He didn’t sleep much that night and was on an 8 a.m. flight to Toronto from Washington yesterday morning, arriving a couple of hours later at the Argos’ practice facility in Mississauga.
With the Argos sitting at 3-7, and with the game against B.C. holding plenty of crossover implications for a playoff berth, Dorsey’s presence on the roster is huge.
“The guys were pretty high coming off (a win against Hamilton on Friday) and then we walk in and there is Dorsey,” running back Jeff Johnson said. “The whole vibe picked up a bit.”
The 26-year-old Dorsey rang up 2,892 all-purpose yards last season to lead the CFL despite missing five games. There is no doubt how important he could be down the stretch — the return game for Toronto was non-existent until Andre Durie started to prop it up a few games ago, but it remains in need of big-time improvement.
Dorsey returned to the Argos with a heavy heart. A close family friend, whom Dorsey considered an uncle, died in a car accident in California a couple of weeks ago.
“There was a lot to deal with and that was tough,” Dorsey said. “I’m looking forward to getting in a groove with these guys and getting fired up this weekend.”