Rambo set to join ArgosBut first needs to catch a break
By WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency
|After being cut by the Stampeders, wide receiver Ken-Yon Rambo is set to join the Argos once his Achilles tendinitis is healed. (AMBER BRACKEN/QMI Agency file photo)
TORONTO - Instead of feeling blue, Ken-Yon Rambo is wearing blue.
Officially, the sure-handed receiver remains unemployed, but it’s no secret the Calgary Stampeders’ most controversial training camp cut is a soon-to-be Toronto Argonauts pass-catcher.
Sporting a Toronto Blue Jays hat, Argos workout gear and football cleats, Rambo was a spectator for Friday’s walkthrough at the University of Toronto.
As soon as his Achilles tendinitis is healed, he’ll sign with the squad.
“They helped me move on,” Rambo said. “You know how everything went down. It was a surprise to me, just like it was a surprise to you guys. But that’s part of life. You’ve gotta keep pushing and moving, and that’s what I’m doing.”
He’s not moving as fast as he’d like.
Rambo, who ran routes at McMahon Stadium for seven summers but reached an injury settlement with the Stamps and was released two weeks ago after missing both pre-season outings, is still awaiting the green light from doctors.
While his new teammates — make that, eventual teammates — prepared for Saturday’s date with the Stamps at Rogers Centre (1 p.m. MDT, TSN, QR77) during Friday’s walkthrough, Rambo studied the action on the field from the sidelines.
He’s been hanging around the Argos ever since his release by the Stamps, mostly receiving treatment on his sore wheel. Despite mixed reports, he insists he’s not attending meetings or participating in any other extra-curricular activities with the team, although you can bet he was asked a few questions about the Stamps offence this week.
“It’s frustrating because I want to get out there and learn some plays and go into meetings and know what is going on, and the rule is you can’t do that unless you’re under contract, so I can’t do it,” Rambo said. “It’s frustrating. Physically, I’m feeling a lot better. But mentally, it’s just frustrating to be on the sidelines, period.”
While Rambo is waiting for his next opportunity, Stamps pass-catcher Marquay McDaniel will finally get his.
The 28-year-old has been mostly stashed on the Stamps practice squad since being released by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last August, but he was added to the active roster this week and will start in Rambo’s old receiving spot against the Argos.
Landan Talley scored the starting assignment for the Red & White in Week 1 but dropped a couple of passes, and now McDaniel will see his first regular-season action since July 16, 2011.
“Pre-season is good, camp is good and all that, but this is when it really counts and when you really want to be out there, so I’m excited,” McDaniel said. “If (the Stamps) didn’t pick me up last year, football could have been done for me.
“This league and this game is kind of crazy — there are guys in and out all the time. You never know when it’s going to be your time, so it definitely makes you appreciate playing when you get the opportunity to play a real game.”
On Twitter: @SUNGilbertson