Doug Brown must be doing the most interviews an injured player has ever done in the CFL.
The valuable Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive tackle, who has missed four games with a foot injury but should return this Sunday in Montreal, faces a barrage of questions every day.
So much so that his locker-room neighbour and on-field replacement, Jon Oosterhuis, can give the update to stragglers who miss the daily scrum.
"Last time I heard from the doctor it was a ruptured tendon," Oosterhuis said in his best Brown voice. "I got a special orthotic made late last week. It's made out of plaster and they mould it specially towards your own foot. Very unique.
'Gotta wait and see'
"Of course, like the last couple weeks, we gotta wait and see how it feels. You never know until we get out there and push it. Sometimes I make it through three quarters of the practice until it starts feeling bad.
"I've got the bye week next week, so I can rest it up after that if it bothers me."
At that point, Brown returned to his locker.
"What did I forget?" Oosterhuis asked him.
"I've been running on the treadmill, and that was with minimal discomfort," Brown said. "If playing football is exactly the same as running on a treadmill, I'm good to go."
To which Oosterhuis cracked: "A minor detail in football is changing direction."
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