REGINA - The exact day and time could not be identified, but Jason Pottinger remembers sneaking out to the team’s practice field at a time when many had written him off.
“I was wearing my brace and started running,” began Pottinger. “I was like: ‘Hey, this feels good.’”
Good would hardly begin to describe the presence Pottinger will have now that his recovery from a season-opening knee injury is fully complete.
On Saturday, he’ll be back at middle linebacker, ending a process many had thought was inconceivable.
“It’s miraculous that he’s back,’’ head coach Jim Barker said. “I never heard of a guy who blew his ACL (and would come back).”
But it’s a testament to Pottinger’s resolve and commitment that he has returned, giving the Argos a stabilizing presence that now allows the team to move Ejiro Kuale to WIL (weak-side) linebacker.
Additional depth now allows the Argos to have more bodies on special teams, which is just as important as any defensive or offensive package.
Pottinger will wear a brace and plans to take every snap.
It’s unlikely he’ll play on any special teams.
Through his ordeal, Pottinger never lost hope.
And now that he’s made it all the way back, he hasn’t given up on a season that has reached its critical stage.
“It’s not over until the end and we fully realize that,” Pottinger said of the 2-8 Argos. “I’ve seen crazier things happen. All we can do is control what we can control as a team and that’s to start winning games.
“And we got to start winning games. It has to start now.”