TORONTO - Kevin Eiben once was plunked in the face by a fastball, had surgery and was back in the batter’s box a week later.
It’s little wonder, then, that the Argonauts linebacker was at practice on Wednesday morning, just a little more than 12 hours after returning home following surgery on his right pectoral muscle.
With the right sleeve of his windbreaker hanging loose, Eiben helped guide the other linebackers through the workout at Erindale in Mississauga.
“I was expecting this to be painful, but I have a high pain tolerance,” said Eiben, who has a plate and four screws in his face as a reminder of the beanball incident that happened when he was in college. “Injuries are part of the game. You have to deal with it.”
The indications are that Eiben will be out for the restr of the season. His pectoral muscle was ripped clean off the bone in a game against the Montreal Alouettes last week and he will wear a sling for four weeks. Once that comes off, he will have two or three months of rehabilitation.
But Eiben is a quick healer and cautioned against writing him off until next year.
“I’m thinking mid-October, end of October,” Eiben said. “We’ll see how it feels. I’ll be able to keep the cardio up, so it will be just building up the pec.”
Despite the fact he will be out for an extended period, Eiben tried to look at his situation in a positive light.
“You have to,” Eiben said. “Things happen for a reason.
“Now it’s my time to teach some of these linebackers who have not been around as long as I have, and get them ready for the Hamilton game (on Saturday). I’m in coach mode.”